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Senator Casey Urges Excise Tax Reform During Brewery Visit

Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania recently stopped by East End Brewing Company. During his visit he promoted the Small BREW Act, S. 917, which would provide a federal excise tax reduction for small breweries. More

Guild Update: Illinois

Acacia Coast, State Brewers Association Coordinator, attends the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild meeting and reports on the successes and challenges that small brewers face in that state. More

Small Minnesota Brewer Hosts Senator Klobuchar

Castle Danger Brewery owners, Clint and Jamie MacFarlane, recently hosted Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. The group discussed S. 917, a federal excise tax recalibration for small brewers.  More

Senator Casey Visits Local Brewery, Promotes Tax Break

Senator Casey of Pennsylvania recently stopped by Allentown Brew Works. During his visit he promoted the federal excise tax reduction for small breweries.  More

New Jersey Senator Visits Flying Fish Brewery

Senator Robert Menendez, original co-sponsor of the Small BREW Act, visited Flying Fish Brewery on July 8. This is his second meeting with Flying Fish owner Gene Muller this year. More

BA Adds New Legal Internship Position

To help research the complex state and federal laws affecting small breweries, the Brewers Association created a new legal internship position.  More

Guild Update: Wyoming

Wyoming stands as one of the last states without a state brewers association. Acacia Coast, State Brewers Association Coordinator, reports on her trip to the state for a meeting concerning possible guild formation. More

Guild Update: Alabama Brewers Guild

The Alabama Brewers Guild recently held their annual meeting in Birmingham and, as part of the Brewers Association’s continuing commitment to support guilds across the country, the BA’s Pete Johnson participated as a guest speaker.  More

Guild Update: California Craft Brewers Association

California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) hosted their largest meeting recently at UC San Diego. Acacia Coast, State Brewers Association Coordinator, was in attendance. More

Congressman Tonko and Other Government Officials Attend Shmaltz Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Coinciding with the first day of American Craft Beer Week, Shmaltz Brewing Company hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new Clifton Park, NY brewery. More

Support Your Local Brewery

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Monthly Legal Briefs

Find out what is happening locally and nationally in the Monthly Legal Briefs. This comprehensive summary can be found in our Government Affairs section.

Dr. StateLaws: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Self-Distribution

As we near the publication of the 2013 craft brewer data set, I’ve been thinking a lot about the states. In the medium/long run, the most important stories about craft brewing are state stories. More