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Senators Hirono and Heinrich join Senate Small Brewers Caucus

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and  Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) are the newest members of the the Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus. There are now 28 Senate Caucus members, representing 22 states. The Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus was created in June 2011 …Read More

NY Senator Schumer Stops by Saranac to Discuss Proposed Ruling on Spent Grain

Senator Charles Schumer recently stopped by Saranac, a small brewery in New York, to discuss the FDA's proposed ruling on spent grain and the effect it could have on local breweries and farmers. Read More

Congressman Erik Paulsen Visits Lucid Brewing and Talks Small BREW Act

Congressman Paulsen recently paid a visit to Lucid Brewing to discuss their small business and the Small BREW Act, a Federal excise recalibration for small breweries.Read More

Senator Schumer Visits Rooster Fish Brewing and Talks Excise Tax Reduction

As a member of the Small Brewers Caucus and a co-sponsor of the Small BREW Act, Senator Schumer continues to be a supporter of small brewers in New York. Recently, he paid a visit to Rooster Fish Brewing.Read More

New Hampshire Congresswoman Visits Henniker Brewing Co and Discusses Small BREW Act

Congresswoman Ann Kuster of New Hampshire recently visited Henniker Brewing Company. As a supporter of job growth, she reaffirmed her support of the Small BREW Act, which provides a federal excise tax reduction for small breweries. Read 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.Read More

Maryland Senator Mikulski Meets with Small Brewers, Joins Caucus

After a meeting to discuss small brewer issues with brewery representatives in Maryland, Senator Barbara Mikulski announced that she will join the Senate Small Brewers Caucus.Read More

New Vice Chairman Selected for the House Small Brewers Caucus.

On March 5 Congressman Patrick McHenry of North Carolina's 10th Congressional District was selected to serve as Vice Chairman of the House Small Brewer Caucus. Read More

Senator Charles Schumer Joins Senate Small Brewers Caucus

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) recently joined the Senate Small Brewers Caucus and is in support of the proposed Brewer's Employment and Excise Relief Act (S. 534).Read More

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Pete Johnson

State & Regulatory Affairs Manager

Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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