Congressman attends the Western Pennsylvania Brewers Meeting

Representative Jim Gerlach attended the Western Pennsylvania Brewers meeting at Church Brew Works on February 24th. The Congressman, a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the lead co-sponsor of the Federal Excise Tax bill HR 1236, was invited by the Brewers of Pennsylvania to give advice on how to solicit additional support for the bill. In the meeting Congressman Gerlach encouraged breweries to invite representatives to tour their facilities.

Following the meeting Sean Casey, owner of Church Brew Works and member of the Brewers Association, led Congressman Gerlach through the brewery. Sean explained that the majority of the stainless steel in the brewery came from a local manufacturer. He also emphasized that with additional tax savings he would be able to purchase more equipment from local companies.

Learn more about HR 1236, Representative Gerlach’s Small BREW Act and its Senate companion bill, S. 534 in the Federal Excise Taxes section of BrewersAssociation.org.

Pete serves as programs manager for the Brewers Association, with primary responsibilities in the areas of government affairs and membership programs. He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as programs director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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