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Recruiting Your Representative to Join the House Small Brewers Caucus

The Brewers Association strongly believes that every brewery member should contact their U.S. Representative and ask them to join the ranks of the Small Brewers Caucus. As part of the Caucus, your Representative will be aware of, and educated about, the issues of importance to small brewers and will ensure that we have the strongest voice possible speaking on our behalf as federal officials consider action on excise taxes, labeling, food safety and any other issue coming before Congress that affects the small brewing community.

Contact information for your U.S. Representative can be found on the U.S. House home page; enter your zip code information in the box at the upper left hand corner. Once you’ve identified your Representative and have the contact information for the Washington, D.C. office, please call, email and fax a request on your brewery’s letterhead that they become a part of the House Small Brewers Caucus.

Check the Caucus member roster to determine if your Representative is already a member. If they are, please send a quick thank you for their membership.

To join the Small Brewers Caucus, your Representative should contact either Megan DeBates in Representative DeFazio’s office (202-225-6416), or Lauryn Schothorst in Representative Gerlach’s office (202-225-4315).

Following is a sample letter you can use to recruit your Representative to the Caucus.

Sample Letter

Dear Representative ________, As a small brewer in your district, I am writing to ask you to join the House Small Brewers Caucus, co-chaired by Representatives Peter DeFazio and Jim Gerlach. The purpose of the Small Brewers Caucus is to provide elected officials and their staff an interactive opportunity to learn about the dynamics of running a small business as a brewery and the quality, process and value of craft beers and small brewing activities.While small breweries share many of the same priorities and concerns that many other small businesses have, brewing is a highly regulated business and has unique issues that most Americans are not aware of. The Small Brewers Caucus will provide information about the science and art of beer and brewing as well as relevant business, regulatory and societal issues, including:

  • Brewing basics: ingredients, process, quality control, flavor and character
  • Beer as a food and beverage
  • Responsible presentation and enjoyment of beer
  • Access to the marketplace
  • Consumer access to choice and quality
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Regulation – Accounting for the differences: Large vs. Small Brewers
    • Economics
    • Government and Agencies

The more than 2,200 American small breweries add a richness to our lives that extends beyond their local communities, contributing to a unique American “craft beer” culture found nowhere else in the world. Not only do small brewers provide the tangible benefits of employment and a strong sense of community service through charitable work, they also have a role in educating an ever-more inquisitive public about the history and traditions of brewing and the diversity of flavors and styles of craft-brewed beer.

To join the Small Brewers Caucus, please contact Representative DeFazio’s office (202-225-6416) or Representative Gerlach’s office (202-225-4315).

Thank you for considering my request.

Sincerely,