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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

Small Brewers Discuss Business Issues at U.S. Senate Forum

At the invitation of the United States Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, Brewers Association Chief Operating Officer Bob Pease and thirteen Brewers Association (BA) member brewers appeared before the committee on Thursday, May 16 to discu More

A Win in Kentucky for Small Breweries

Kentucky Governor Beshear signs craft-friendly legislation, which makes it easier for breweries to sell beer in their tap rooms.  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.

Industry Diffusion: How the Smallest Craft Breweries are Driving Growth

The release of the top-50 brewing companies this week is wonderful reason to toast the success of regional craft brewing companies. That said, in many ways, the release of the top-50 may be less essential to the craft brewing movement than it once was. More