- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

PURCELLVILLE, Va. (AP) - A small Loudoun County distillery is joining a group of distillers asking Congress for a tax break.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company owner Scott Harris told WTOP-FM (https://bit.ly/1UpnOX8) that he believes his business could grow if Congress extended the federal excise tax breaks to distilleries.

The breaks are given to craft beer makers and small wineries.

Right now, Harris and other craft distillers pay the same federal excise tax rate as their big competitors such as Jack Daniels and Jim Beam.

Distillers are asking lawmakers to cut the tax on the first 100,000 gallons of spirits produced to $2.70 per gallon for all distillers. The rate would then rise to $13.34 per gallon on alcohol produced after the first 100,000 gallons.

Catoctin Creek’s signature product is its Roundstone Rye Whiskey made in Purcellville.

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Information from: WTOP-FM, https://www.wtop.com

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