The House Small Brewers Caucus in the United States House of Representatives provides the small brewing community in America an extremely important forum in Washington, DC (see the Caucus roster).
The Caucus was formed in 2007 by interested Members of Congress to gain a better understanding of all aspects of small brewing, from business and regulatory issues to the brewing process and history of the small brewing community. Co-chaired by Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) and Jim Gerlach (R-Pennsylvania) and with Richrad Neal (D-Massachusetts) and Patrick McHenry (R-North Carolina) serving as vice chairs, the purpose of the House 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 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 intends to provide information about the science and art of beer and brewing as well as relevant business, regulatory and societal issues.
Following are some topics that the Small Brewers Caucushave, or intend to, consider:
- Flavor and Diversity: What makes beer different
- Beer as a food and beverage
- Brewing basics: ingredients, process, quality control, beer flavor and character
- Savoring the Flavor Responsibly
- Responsible presentation and enjoyment of beer
- Responsibility to the American community
- Selling Beer
- Consumer access to choice and quality—access to the marketplace
- Marketing and Advertising
- Small Brewers and Regulation – Accounting for the differences: Large vs. Small
- Government and Agencies
To learn more about the Caucus, visit the official web site.