Good news for beer aged in wooden barrels in California. It's officially "beer," which means it'll continue to be taxed as beer. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/cal...7/gov-jerry-brown-california-craft-beers.html Why the clarification? There was concern from brewers that beers produced in this manner could be viewed as distilled spirits and get classified and taxed accordingly. Agreed, as it's seemingly a very fine line at times and my gut (and palate) tells me that quite a few beers from Californian craft brewers would fall under this; trace amounts, and even more. It'll be interesting to see where this goes and if other states follow.