- Keg Deposits
Saturday, August 04, 2007 6:20 PM
Subject: Re: Keg Deposits Continued
The topic of keg deposits continues to come up during my journey.
The state of Michigan has passed a new keg deposit law with input from Michigan's
craft brewers. The deposit is a mandated $30 statewide. (Please note this is a
fully refundable deposit and is in no way price-fixing, and that's why Michigan
could do it.)
Also, I've heard a rumor that a large U.S. brewery will
institute required quarterly keg inventories with their distributors, and at the
end of a year, whatever kegs are not accounted for the distributor will be required
to pay for.
Another way of looking at the deposit came up: If breweries
don't charge actual or replacement value for their deposits, and breweries don't
hold distributors (and thus ultimately the retailer) accountable for the cost
of those loaned kegs that are not returned, does that mean that breweries are
"helping" distributors/ retailers illegally by "gifting" them
more than the 25 cent value, as is required in many state's "trinkets and
trash only" laws? IE: It is illegal in Oregon for breweries to give coasters
or signs or kegs or anything of real value to the retailer. Breweries have to
charge real money for these things.
Just more food for thought.