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The Brew Crew really took DC by storm last week, spending Monday knocking on the doors of New Jersey’s elected officials during the BA’s annual Hill Climb.

Each year, the politically-minded brewers across the country get together and fight City Hall — or the Capitol, as the case may be. It’s all organized by the Brewers Association, and we had a few members of the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild in attendance.

Our intrepid champions sat down with staffers for all of New Jersey’s congressional delegation in an attempt to sway them to support CBMTRA, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act.

“It was very positive,” Ryan tells us. “It was a beautiful day, and it was great to see other leaders in the brewing industry out there pounding the pavement like we were.”

A quick refresher: CBMTRA (affectionately pronounced “com-BOO-tra”) would reduce the excise tax for brewers producing under 60,000 barrels a year — that’s 98% of the industry — from $7/barrel to $3.50/barrel, cutting our tax liability in half. The BA expects that doing so would create an additional $320M that us little guys could spend on hiring additional workers. With each job created in the brewing industry, we generate a whopping 45 jobs in related industries, from agriculture to retail. If each of New Jersey’s 84 breweries and brewpubs could hire just one more worker, that’s 3,780 new jobs created in this state alone. For such a small tax cut, the ripple effects are enormous.

During the last session of Congress, all of New Jersey’s Representatives and Senators had signed on as co-sponsors of the bill. Unfortunately, there was more support than time, and it ended up dying when Congress’s session ended in 2016.

This time around, just about everyone has signed on. We’re still waiting for Congressman Payne of the 10th District and Congressman Gottheimer of the 5th District, but Ryan thinks that it’s a only matter of time. “It’s only because these guys are really busy and there’s a lot of bills out there,” Ryan explains. Rep. Gottheimer was elected in the most recent election and hasn’t yet had the chance to take a position.

“New Jersey is very supportive overall,” says CMBC Marketing Director Alicia Grasso, who accompanied Ryan last week. “Staffers and representatives both showed support and enthusiasm for our state’s growing beer scene.”

Since most of our Representatives are already supporting the bill, Ryan and the crew focused most of their energies on getting them to join their respective house’s Small Brewers Caucus.

The Small Brewers Caucuses in the House and Senate give us an extremely important forum in our nation’s capital. While brewers share many of the concerns of other small businesses, we’re in the only industry that has two constitutional amendments — and a crippling number of federal, state, and local laws — regulating it. These caucuses provide our elected officials an opportunity to learn about what it takes to run a brewery and a mechanism to share information about the science and art of brewing, as well as the lowdown on business, regulatory, and social issues.

“The caucuses are a good opportunity for our elected officials to see what’s going on in the craft beer industry,” Ryan says. “It’s a low-impact caucus — I think they only meet four times a year — and they have beer available for staffers who attend their meetings, so there’s an added incentive for them to join.”

Basically a big bottle-share on Capitol Hill? Sounds like a good time to us.

Apparently, own Representative, Congressman Frank LoBiondo, is one of our biggest champions.

“LoBiondo knows how active we are, and it’s great that he’s our Congressman,” Ryan says. “He and his staffers are always very enthusiastic to see us. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s a big fan of Cape May Brew Co.”

We’re lucky to have such a supportive delegation in DC, and it really speaks to how hard Ryan, Gene Muller of Flying Fish, and the rest of the active Guild members have been working on behalf of the brewing industry in New Jersey.

But there’s still a ways to go. CBMTRA isn’t yet law, so there’s still time to voice your support. Contact your representative and let them know that you support this legislation and the issues affecting the craft beer industry.

In the meantime, DRINK LOCAL!

FreedomWorks is proud to announce that our bill of the month for October 2019 is the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA), H.R. 1175 and S. 362, introduced by Reps. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) in the House and Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in the Senate. This bill would permanently extend the reduction in the excise tax on beer, wine, and distilled spirits that was passed as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017.

For the first time in a generation, the TCJA modernized the federal excise tax system for breweries, wineries, and distilleries, which is essential for iconic American businesses, both large and small, to grow and innovate. Brewers, vintners, distillers are using the reduced tax burden to invest in new products, inventory, and equipment, all of which create employment opportunities for the men and women that work in the beverage alcohol industry.

The brewing industry accounts for 2.2 million jobs and $350 billion in economic activity. In addition to iconic American brands, new craft breweries open regularly across the country, with their own unique twist on beer. Further, the United States produces over 806 million gallons of wine a year, making it the fourth-largest wine-producing country in the world. In 2015, America’s distillers represented $178 billion in direct economic activity and supported 1.6 million jobs. Craft distilleries are also a growing trend, increasing by 26 percent between 2016 and 2017.

Now, there is good news and bad news. The bad is that, unfortunately, the reforms from the TCJA expire at the end of 2019, should Congress fail to act to make them permanent. The good, though, is that the CBMTRA has picked up a substantial amount of support in both the House and the Senate since its introduction.

Originally introduced with 14 original cosponsors in the House and 11 original cosponsors in the Senate, the House version now boasts 299 cosponsors and the Senate version a supermajority of 71. With such strong conservatives as Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Mark Walker (R-N.C.), and Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) as well as Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and outside support of groups like Americans for Tax Reform and FreedomWorks, it is clear that the CBMTRA is good policy.

As Americans for Tax Reform noted, “local breweries, distilleries, and wineries across America are hiring more employees, purchasing new equipment, and expanding production” as a result of the TCJA changes. They continued, “This means local craft beverage entrepreneurs are able to grow their business and provide a greater variety of beverages and fun community gathering places.”

Passing the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act would be an economic benefit for all Americans. We hope that the impressive cosponsor list speaks for itself and that Congress chooses to pass this common-sense legislation before the end of 2019.

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CAPE MAY, N.J. — Cape May Brewing Company congratulates the bi-partisan New Jersey delegation to Congress on being one of the first states to sign on as co-sponsors of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) of 2019 (H.R. 1175 and S. 362). The bill would make permanent the reduction in excise taxes on the brewing industry, first signed into law as part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, set to expire on December 31, 2019.

CBMTRA would retain the $3.50 per barrel rate for domestic breweries that produce less than two million barrels of beer per year and make permanent the tax rate of $16 per barrel rate on beer production above 60,000 barrels up to six million barrels per year. Any beer produced above six million barrels will remain subject to the $18/barrel rate.

“We’re glad to see that New Jersey’s delegation to Congress has signed on to support this common-sense legislation,” said Ryan Krill, CEO and co-owner of Cape May Brewing Company. “In the time that CBMTRA has been law, we’ve expanded from distributing to ten counties in New Jersey and five in Pennsylvania at the beginning of 2018 to delivering beer to all 21 counties in New Jersey and nine in Pennsylvania, nearly doubling our workforce in the process.

“We’d love to see that meteoric rise continue, and this reduction to our excise taxes will help.”

Taxes on beer account for 40% of the price paid by the consumer. Between state sales tax, state alcohol tax, federal excise tax, and various other taxes, nearly five ounces of a 12-ounce can of beer go directly to various governments. CBMTRA has helped to alleviate that.

In 2018, the reduction in excise tax saved New Jersey’s breweries over $500,000, enabling reinvestment in these small businesses across the state, stimulating local economies. Nationwide, breweries both large and small are expected to save over $142 million, with more than half that savings — over $80 million — realized by the small and independent brewers under the six million barrel limit.

Nationally, those small and independent brewers employ over 150,000 full- and part-time employees, generating more than $3 billion in wages and benefits. In 2018, New Jersey’s 109 breweries were responsible for an employment impact of nearly 11,000 jobs, adding $1.6 billion to the state’s economy.

“America’s small and independent craft brewers are thrilled to see such strong bipartisan support for the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act from New Jersey’s federally-elected officials,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO of the Brewers Association. “The craft brewing industry is an important economic driver in New Jersey, contributing 10,948 jobs and more than $1.6 billion to the state economy. We are grateful for the support from the entire New Jersey delegation and hope to see this important legislation made permanent in 2019.”

Since the reduction of excise taxes was made law, 73% of craft breweries nationwide are purchasing new equipment or upgrading their tasting rooms and breweries, 53% are hiring new employees, 39% are increasing their employee benefits by raising pay, offering insurance and expanding vacation time, and 21% are increasing their charitable contributions, with 58% of craft breweries nationwide doing two or more of those things.

“I am proud to cosponsor the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act to provide tax relief to small, independent brewers like Cape May Brewery, support craft breweries across New Jersey, and help spur economic growth and create jobs,” said U.S. Senator Bob Menendez.  “New Jersey’s 109 craft breweries support nearly 11,000 jobs and are primed for growth. That’s why I led a bipartisan Congressional Task Force that recommended the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act be signed into law so we can unlock the state’s burgeoning craft beverage industry’s full potential by reducing the excise tax, providing regulatory relief and ending tax uncertainty for small businesses.”

Congressman Jeff Van Drew (D-2) agrees. A Cape May County native, he’s thrilled to see so many breweries opening in his district.

“It’s exciting,” says Congressman Jeff Van Drew. “It’s exciting to see the opportunity for new — very often young — entrepreneurs who can express their entrepreneurial abilities and are also able to express their individual art. It’s a special thing, a craft brewery because it allows you to really express all of the different kinds of brews and beers. It’s an exciting, fun, economically advantageous enterprise that fits particularly well in South Jersey because we have so much tourism and so much that’s related to the outdoors. We want to make sure that economic engine keeps moving, and one way to do that is through legislation like this where you reduce the tax burden and you incentivize the actual business itself and encourage it to grow and to expand. This is the kind of legislation I like to see.”

Statewide, over 160 new jobs have been created within the craft brewing industry between 2017 and 2018. Each time a new job is added by craft brewers, it supports 7.4 jobs throughout New Jersey in associated industries. In all, New Jersey’s brewing industry as a whole, including macrobrewing, supports more than 45,000 jobs in New Jersey.

“As a New Jersey native, I couldn’t be prouder that our entire delegation supports important, bipartisan legislation that recognizes the critical role breweries play in America’s economy,” said Jim McGreevy, President and CEO of the Beer Institute, a nationwide organization representing the interests of brewers both large and small. “The beer industry supports 2.1 million good-paying U.S. jobs, including more than 45,000 in New Jersey. Ensuring all brewers and beer importers can continue to count on federal excise tax relief is key to making sure our nation’s more than 7,000 active brewers continue to thrive, innovate and provide Americans with more varieties and styles of beer — our nation’s most popular alcohol beverage.”

Currently, CMBTRA has 288 cosponsors from 48 states in the House and 70 cosponsors in 44 states in the Senate, a supermajority in both houses, making this legislation a surefire win should it come up for a vote.

As part of his continued advocacy, next week, CMBC CEO and co-owner Ryan Krill will participate in the Beer Institute’s annual Hill Climb, an effort to further persuade New Jersey’s congressional delegation to support legislation germane to the brewing industry.

For more information on Cape May Brewing Company, including for tours and tastings, see their website at capemaybrewery.com, or call (609) 849-9933.

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About Cape May Brewing Company: 

Once upon a time, 20-something Ryan Krill earned a six-figure salary working in finance and real estate development in Manhattan, while his college roommate, Chris Henke, designed commercial satellites. During a summer weekend at the Jersey shore, they brewed a batch of beer with Ryan’s dad. “Should we open a brewery?” Ryan asked, only half-serious. But, by the following year, the three guys had secured a space at Cape May Airport where they concocted a makeshift brew system and honed their beer-making skills. In 2011, they started with one client. Today, there are hundreds of accounts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania proudly serving the guys’ award-winning recipes. And CMBC’s fearless leaders have never looked back. 

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Beverage Alcohol Producers Set Sights on Permanence

Washington, D.C. –  The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) (S. 362) was reintroduced in the U.S. Senate today with strong support from a broad group of industry trade associations including the beer, wine, spirits, and cider sectors.

The legislation, which was first introduced in 2015 to recalibrate federal excise taxes and streamline regulations on alcohol beverage producers, was reintroduced in 2017 by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), garnering strong support from the majority of Congress as well as industry groups. Legislation that included a two-year provision of CBMTRA passed in December 2017. Senators Wyden and Blunt are once again the lead co-sponsors of the bill upon its reintroduction today.

“People around the world enjoy Oregon wine, craft beer, cider and spirits—providing not only a serious source of home state pride but also a huge boon to our state’s economy,” Wyden said. “By modernizing burdensome rules and taxes for craft beverage producers, this legislation will level the playing field and allow these innovators to further grow and thrive.”

“The craft beverage industry is driven by small businesses that support thousands of jobs and contribute billions in economic output,” said Blunt. “This bill will remove tax and regulatory barriers that are making it harder for Missouri’s brewers, distillers, and winemakers to grow and compete. I’m encouraged by the strong, bipartisan support this measure had in the previous Congress and look forward to working with our colleagues to get it to the president’s desk.”

Leaders from the Brewers Association (BA), Beer Institute, WineAmerica, Wine Institute, Distilled Spirits Council, American Craft Spirits Association, and U.S. Association of Cider Makers agree that the legislation creates a more fair and equitable tax structure for beverage alcohol producers and their consumers. The legislation empowers these key economic players to continue to invest in their businesses and boost jobs across the country.

“Small and independent craft brewers are grateful for the ongoing bipartisan support for the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO of the Brewers Association. “The legislation is not just economically smart but enables Main Street brewers to do what they do best: create and innovate. Our brewers can be found in every state and employ more than 135,000 Americans. They are at the heart of what makes small businesses so important to the nation’s greater economy. We remain hopeful that this legislation will be made permanent to support the small brewers of today and tomorrow.”

“I want to thank Senators Blunt, Portman, and Wyden as well as numerous members of Congress from both sides of the aisle and across the country for their continued commitment to providing excise tax relief to all of our nation’s brewers and beer importers,” said Jim McGreevy, president and CEO of the Beer Institute. “Since our nation’s inception, brewers and beer importers have been integral to our national fabric. Today, America’s beer industry continues to be a crown jewel in our nation’s manufacturing sector, supporting more than 2.2 million good-paying jobs and pouring more than $350 billion into the national economy. Making federal excise tax relief permanent for our nation’s brewers and importers will enable them to continue to innovate, invest in their businesses, support jobs, and give back to their communities.”

“The American wine industry generates more than $220 billion annually for the American economy through investments, jobs, tourism, and taxes,” said Jim Trezise, president of WineAmerica. “The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act enhanced our industry’s ability to contribute even more by channeling tax savings into purchases of new equipment, additional employees, increased wages, expanded distribution, and facility enlargements. The wine business is highly competitive, capital intensive, and labor intensive, so having extra funds available provides a real boost to our industry’s growth. We are deeply grateful for the original legislation, and respectfully urge that it be made permanent.”

“Without a doubt, CBMTRA is having the intended positive effect on wineries all over the country,” said Bobby Koch, president and CEO of the Wine Institute. “Wineries are using the tax savings to invest in the future growth of their businesses, and in doing so, are supporting their families, their employees, and their communities.”

“The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act marked the first federal excise tax reduction for distilled spirits since the Civil War and enabled distilleries to invest back into their businesses and communities across the United States,” said Distilled Spirits Council CEO Chris Swonger. “Making this legislation permanent would provide stability for distillers in moving forward to generate new jobs and support local agriculture and tourism.”

“Federal excise tax reform has dramatically helped to stimulate craft spirits growth, and a permanent relief is critically important to securing the future of our industry,” added Margie A.S. Lehrman, CEO, American Craft Spirits Association. “As of August 2018, the number of active craft distillers in the U.S. had grown by 15.5% over the last year to nearly 2,000, yet without permanent and immediate reform, the stability of this vibrant industry is bound to be paralyzed. Without the certainty of a long-term reduction, it is impossible for any new or existing distillery to implement a business plan when the wide tax variable threatens the ability to hire new employees,  purchase equipment, provide staff benefits, and continue to grow.”

“Regional-brand cider sales increased 22 percent last year, and more than 100 cideries opened their doors for the first time. Hard cider is now produced in 48 states. Much of the cider category’s growth is attributable to the excise tax credits these companies are now receiving,” said Michelle McGrath, executive director, U.S. Association of Cider Makers. “Small cideries are expanding their staff and operations in a direct response. The industry can continue to support manufacturing, neighborhood renewal projects, rural economies, and orchardists, but we need these credits to stick around on a permanent basis to do so. Sunset clauses are no way to plan a business, and cider taxes are extremely complex—uncertainty makes navigating them even more challenging. We’re hopeful to once more see broad bipartisan support for making these credits permanent with the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. The margins are so tight in cider that many family-owned cideries are literally depending on it.”

A full list of Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act co-sponsors and supporters can be found here.

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Contact:

Maggie McClain (on behalf of the Brewers Association) 703-485-6551

Ramsey Cox (on behalf of the Beer Institute) 202-737-2337

Michael Kaiser (on behalf of WineAmerica) 202-223-5172

Gladys Horiuchi (on behalf of the Wine Institute)

Frank Coleman (on behalf of the Distilled Spirits Council) 202-682-8840

Alexandra Clough (on behalf of the American Craft Spirits Association) 516-428-7210

Michelle McGrath (on behalf of the U.S. Association of Cider Makers) 503-593-1716

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,800-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the
World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com® and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association® and the free Brew Guru® mobile app. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Beer Institute

The Beer Institute is a national trade association for the American brewing industry, representing brewers of all sizes, as well as beer importers and industry suppliers. First founded in 1862 as the U.S. Brewers Association, the Beer Institute is committed today to the development of sound public policy and to the values of civic duty and personal responsibility. For additional updates from the Beer Institute, visit our website, follow @BeerInstitute on Twitter, like the Beer Institute on Facebook, and follow the Beer Institute on Instagram.

About WineAmerica

The mission of WineAmerica is to encourage the dynamic growth and development of American wineries and winegrowing through the advancement and advocacy of sound public policy.

WineAmerica was founded in 1978 as the Association of American Vintners, a trade association of wineries with membership based in the eastern U.S. By 1991, the association had expanded and merged with the National Vintners Association forming the American Vintners Association. The association was renamed WineAmerica in 2003 to reflect its national role.

WineAmerica serves the interests of wineries in all 50 states by leveraging its formidable grassroots advocacy strength to benefit the entire industry.

About the Wine Institute

Established in 1934, Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy group of nearly 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses that works to enhance the environment to responsibly produce, promote and enjoy wine. Wine Institute also supports the economic and environmental health of its communities through its leadership in sustainable winegrowing and a partnership with Visit California to showcase California’s wine and food offerings and the state as a top travel destination. Wine Institute’s membership represents 80 percent of U.S. wine production and over 90 percent of U.S. wine exports. For information visit www.wineinstitute.org or its consumer website at: www.discovercaliforniawines.com.

About the Distilled Spirits Council

The Distilled Spirits Council is the national trade association representing the leading producers and marketers of distilled spirits in the United States. The Council guards the sector against higher taxes and works diligently to reduce trade barriers across the globe, while supporting policies that increase adult market access for spirits products, provide greater convenience and choices for adult consumers, and encourage responsible and moderate consumption. The Council is a go-to resource for sector data, changes in public policy, cultural acceptance programs, U.S. spirits exports to foreign markets, and alcohol and science. For more information about the Council, go to www.distilledspirits.org.

About the American Craft Spirits Association

The American Craft Spirits Association is the only national, registered non-profit trade association that exclusively represents the U.S. craft spirits industry. Its mission is to elevate and advocate for the community of craft spirits producers, and membership in ACSA is open to anyone.

ACSA is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the eligible voting members of the Association.  Voting members must be independent, licensed distillers (DSPs) annually removing fewer than 750,000 proof gallons from bond (the amount on which a Federal Excise Tax is paid.) who subscribe to ACSA’s Code of Ethics.

About the United States Association of Cider Makers

The USACM is an organization of cider and perry producers in the United States. Our mission is to grow a diverse and successful U.S. cider industry by providing valuable information, resources and services to our members and by advocating on their behalf.

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Boulder, Colo. –  The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today by Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) with support from 14 original co-sponsors.

The legislation was first introduced in 2015 to recalibrate federal excise taxes and streamline regulations on alcohol beverage producers enjoyed broad support in the 115th legislative session with more than half the U.S. Congress (303 representatives and 56 senators) supporting the bill.  Legislation that included a two-year provision of the language from CBMTRA was passed in December 2017 and is set to expire on December 2019. The current bill was re-introduced to make the current federal excise rate language permanent.

“The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act saves small brewers nearly $80 million each year the calibration is in place and provides our members with additional capital enabling them to further invest in their businesses,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO of the Brewers Association. “The Brewers Association is grateful for the support from our champions in Congress and their dedication to getting these provisions enacted into law. Today we are focused on working together to make them permanent, benefitting not only the brewing industry but the entire U.S. economy.”

Since the enactment of CBMTRA, 99 percent of small brewers have realized a 50 percent reduction of their federal excise tax. The reinvestment of these savings has sparked a variety of economic gains across the craft brewing industry. According to a survey conducted by the Brewers Association:

  • 73% of breweries are purchasing new equipment, upgrading their tasting rooms and breweries, moving to new buildings, etc.
  • 53% of breweries are hiring new employees
  • 39% are increasing their employee benefits by raising pay, offering insurance and expanding vacation time
  • 21% are increasing their charitable contributions
  • 58% are doing two or more of the above-mentioned actions

The Brewers Association, in collaboration with a broad group of industry trade associations including the Beer Institute, WineAmerica, Wine Institute, Distilled Spirits Council, American Craft Spirits Association, and U.S. Association of Cider Makers, was highly influential in generating wide support for the legislation and seeing the CBMTRA language pass through Congress in 2017. The bill was sponsored by the majority of both chambers of Congress and was endorsed across industries including the National Barley Growers Association, Hop Growers of America, National Association of Manufacturers, Canning Manufacturers Institute, Glass Packaging Institute, National Corn Growers Association, and the Wine Grape Growers of America. The legislation was reintroduced in the Senate on February 6, 2019 by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO).

Contact: Maggie McClain (on behalf of the Brewers Association) 703-485-6551

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,800-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com® and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association® and the free Brew Guru® mobile app. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

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