Recruiting Your Senator(s) to Join the Caucus
The Brewers Association strongly believes that every brewery member should contact their U.S. Senators and ask them to join the ranks of the Senate Small Brewers Caucus. As part of the Caucus, your Senators 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 Senators can be found on the U.S. Senate home page using the "Find Your Senators" search function in the upper right hand corner. Once you've found 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 Senate Small Brewers Caucus.
Check the Caucus roster to determine if your Senators are already members. If they are, please send a quick thank you for their membership.
To join the Small Brewers Caucus, your Senators should contact Chris Lambert in Senator Baucus' office (202-224-2651).
Following is a sample letter you can use to recruit your Senators to the Caucus.
Dear Senator ________,
As a small brewer in your state, I am writing to ask you to join the Senate Small Brewers Caucus, co-chaired by Senators Max Baucus and Mike Crapo.
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
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 Senator Baucus' office (224-2651) or Senator Crapo's office (224-6142).
Thank you for considering my request.