On June 22, in Washington, D.C. 132 brewery owners, employees, and guild executive directors from across the country attended in-person and virtual meetings with their members of Congress for the Brewers Association’s 2022 hill climb. The attendees advocated on issues impacting small and independent breweries at the federal level. Topics of the day included the industry’s support for the U.S.P.S Shipping Equity Act, and appropriations requests for the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and hops and barley research. Members of Congress and their staff were able to learn firsthand about how breweries in their states were impacted by COVID-19 and how programs like the Paycheck Protection Program, Restaurant Revitalization Fund, and the December 2020 passage of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act helped them through the last two years.
Attendees capped the day with a reception at the Library of Congress attended by members of Congress and House and Senate staff. This was the first in-person Brewers Association hill climb since 2019, and it provided an excellent opportunity for small and independent breweries to meet with new elected officials and staff and continue growing their relationships with key committees and leadership.