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Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverage Bond

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What Is a Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverage Bond?

Pennsylvania Code Title 61 Chapter 74.11 requires malt beverage manufacturers to file a surety bond. Pennsylvania malt and brewed beverage bonds guarantee payment of taxes under the Malt Beverage Tax Law. This protects the state from financial loss if brewers fail to pay taxes or other fees.

How Much Do Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverage Bonds Cost? 

Pennsylvania malt and brewed beverage bond premiums start as low as $75 annually. Your premium rate depends on the bond coverage you need. 

$5,000 Bond Coverage

  • Instant issue to all applicants for $100/yr
  • 25% discount available for 3-year terms ($75/yr)

$5,001–$25,000 Bond Coverage 

  • Rates start at 1.2% of the bond amount, or $100/yr
  • Apply for an instant quote

$25,001–$50,000 Bond Coverage 

  • Rates start at 1.2% of the bond amount, or $300/yr 
  • Apply for an instant quote 
Bond Type
$5,000Malt and Brewed Beverage Bond
$5,001-$25,000Malt and Brewed Beverage Bond
$25,001-$50,000Malt and Brewed Beverage Bond

These bonds expire annually on June 30th, so your personal premium will be prorated based on your exact term length. 

How Do I Get a Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverage Bond? 

You can purchase your Pennsylvania malt and brewed beverage bond online 24/7. You'll need to provide your exact bond amount along with the following information:

  • Manufacturer brewery name 
  • Business address 
  • Physical brewery location

Once you pay, we’ll send your official Pennsylvania surety bond via email. You must then sign and file it with the PA Department of Revenue. 

How Does a Pennsylvania Brewery Bond Work?

By filing surety bond form REV-1018 AS, you agree to operate your brewery according to the Malt Beverage Tax Law and pay all state taxes. If you fail to do so, your surety company will pay valid claims up to the full bond amount, which you must reimburse in full. 

Who Regulates Breweries in Pennsylvania?

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Liquor Control Board governs licensing for brewers and malt beverage manufacturers. If you have questions, you can contact the board by emailing [email protected] ​or by calling 1 (717) 783-8250.

How Do I Know My Malt Beverage Surety Bond Amount? 

The Pennsylvania Code Malt Beverage Tax Law requires your malt and brewed beverage manufacturer bond amount to be equal to the average of your highest two months tax liability in the past year, with a $5,000 minimum. Contact the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to verify your bond amount.

How Do I Get a Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverage Manufacturer License? 

First, review the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's licensee requirements. Then, provide the following information for your license application:

  • Form of identification
  • Residence information for the previous 5 years
  • Employment information for the previous 5 years
  • Physical and mailing address
  • Current property owner/lessor name, address and contact information
  • Documentation to verify the business structure of the property landlord
  • Current health license
  • Signed and dated lease (if applicable)
  • Lease assignment (if applicable)
  • Bill of sale or agreement of sale and recorded deed (if applicable)
  • Hotel register (if applicable)

If your business premises are not ready for operation, the state might request to review your building plans.

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