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Brewers Guild Update: Illinois

Acacia Coast, State Brewers Association Coordinator, provides and update on the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild More

Support for Small Brewer Legislation Brings Congressman to Local Brewery

U.S. Congressman Rob Andrews (NJ-1) recently visited the new Flying Fish Brewing Co. facility in Somerdale, N.J. More

NY Governor Cuomo Signs Franchise Reform Bill

With Wednesday August 1 set as a deadline for the Governor to act, the pending NY franchise reform bill was signed into law.  More

NY Governor Cuomo Signs Craft-Friendly Bill

After passing in both the state Assembly and Senate, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that will help strengthen the craft brewing industry in NY. More

Michigan Brewers Guild Celebrates 15 Years

With some states struggling to maintain their fledgling brewers guilds and several others with no guild at all, Michigan Brewers Guild stands as an example of a well-founded and flourishing organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the local brew More

Senator Blumenthal Visits Thomas Hooker Brewing Co., Discusses Small Brewer Tax Reduction

Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut recently visited Thomas Hooker Brewing Company. As a co-sponsor of S. 534 he supports excise tax recalibration for small brewers. More

Kentucky Craft Brewers Form Guild

Nine breweries from across the state of Kentucky have united to form the Kentucky Guild of Brewers (KGB).  More

Brewers Association Member Outreach Results in Congressional Brewery Visits

As part of its mission to promote and protect the craft brewing industry, the BA continues to work with member breweries to advance small brewer excise tax legislation and build relationships with their elected officials. As part of its mission to promot More

New York Poised to Restore Beer Tax Provision

With the announcement that Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders have reached an agreement on legislation that will keep New York's craft brewing industry competitive, hopes are high that the legislation will receive immediate consideration before th More

Small Brewers Lobby on Capitol Hill

On June 7, sixty-eight individuals including Brewers Association staff, BA member small brewers, and state guild leaders climbed Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress. More

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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