Senator Schumer Visits Rooster Fish Brewing and Talks Excise Tax Reduction

David Thayer, owner of Rooster Fish Brewing, recently hosted U.S. Senator Charles Schumer at his New York brewery. As a member of the Small Brewers Caucus and a co-sponsor of the Small BREW Act, Senator Schumer is a dedicated supporter of small brewers in New York.

During his visit the Senator discussed the benefits of a federal excise tax reduction for small brewers, as proposed in the bill S 917 (the Small BREW Act). Rooster Fish Brewing, a small brewery that currently employees 50 people, is one of the nearly 100 New York breweries that would benefit from this legislation. It would not only allow them to expand production but also create additional local jobs.

Currently, a small brewer that produces less than 2 million barrels of beer per year is eligible to pay $7.00 per barrel on the first 60,000 barrels produced each year. The proposed legislation would adjust this rate to $3.50 per barrel and would provide eligible breweries with approximately $28 million in savings per year (based on 2012 data).

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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