April 10, 2024

On April 1 the new reduced 2024 excise tax rates kicked in, we are thankful for achieving the two-year 50% excise tax rate reduction for the vast majority of Canada’s craft brewers. Although this does not address the independent brewers producing more than 15,000 hectoliters, this is a welcomed and important first step. To quickly see how this affects your brewery’s finances, check out our new Excise Tax Calculator. Simply enter your brewery’s annual hectoliter production to estimate your annual excise dues and compare what you would have paid without excise tax relief.

Reminder to please email your local MP to thank and invite them to tour your brewery. You can find a template letter to get you started here.

Now onto the fun stuff – the Canada Beer Cup – the only national not-for-profit craft beer competition in Canada. Proceeds support the CCBA’s advocacy efforts so your support of the competition means we can continue advocating federally on your behalf. Entries open next month so get ready for another round of friendly competition and celebration of all things craft beer. Here’s what’s brewing for 2024:

  1. Top-notch Judges: We’ve got a stellar lineup of head judges this year, including Lauren Richard from Toronto, Dave Cole from Winnipeg, and Joe Wiebe from Victoria. They’ll be leading the charge with support from the Cross-Canada Advisory Panel, a team of dedicated volunteers to help gather a diverse group of judges from all corners of Canada and around the globe.
  2. Packaging Awards: We’re adding a new twist this year with packaging awards, recognizing innovation and creativity in four categories: best single bottle or can, best series, best innovation, and best collaboration. Let’s raise a glass to the brewers who think outside the box!
  3. Heading West: Join us on October 18 for the Canada Beer Cup 2024 gala in New Westminster, BC, in partnership with the BC Craft Brewers Guild’s conference. It’s a chance to celebrate Canadian craft beer on the beautiful West Coast.
  4. Feature Category: This year’s challenge is brewing a beer using Canadian-grown Sasquatch Hops. Let your imagination run wild and see what unique brews you can come up with! Learn more about the Feature Category here.

And lastly, mark your calendars for the CCBA’s 2024 Annual General Meeting on April 17 at noon Eastern Time. All members are welcome, and I hope to see you there.

Thank you for being part of the Canadian craft beer community – here’s to raising a glass together!


Christine Comeau

Executive Director, Canadian Craft Brewers Association