New legislation designed to target caffeinated booze popular among teens could also ensnare brewers who infuse beer with coffee or espresso, the Chron reports. As we reported last week, craft-brew makers have already been hammered by different state regulations designed to go after so-called alcopops and “cheerleader beer.” And the new bill going through the Legislature could result in a double-whammy for local craft brewers.
The new bill, carried by Democratic Assemblyman Jim Beall of San Jose, doesn’t target beer infused with coffee. Instead, it goes after malt beverages that have been pumped full of caffeine and are especially popular with college students who want to stay up all night. But the bill also could harm craft-brewers who flavor their beers with coffee or espresso for the taste.