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Senator Visits Small Brewer Heritage Brewing Co

Senator Mark Warner recently stopped by Heritage Brewing Co. to discuss topics ranging from veterans issues to small brewery economic impact and the link between the two.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

Congressman Dan Maffei Meets with Small Brewers in New York

Recently, Congressman Maffei sat down with small brewers at Empire Brewing Company to discuss ways to support this growing industry.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

Senator Casey Visits Troegs Brewing Co, Speaks About Government Shutdown and Excise Tax Reduction

Senator Bob Casey recently visited Troegs Brewing Company to discuss the government shutdown and a small brewer excise tax reduction.Read More

Senator Casey Continues to Push for Small Brewer Excise Tax Reduction

During a recent visit to Susquehanna Brewing Co. in Pittston, PA, Senator Bob Casey promoted the the Small BREW Act, which would reduce excise taxes for small breweries. Read More

New Hampshire Senator Tastes and Tours at Smuttynose Brewing Company

Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire recently stopped by Smuttynose Brewing Company during her tour of local businesses. Read More

Virginia Senator Mark Warner to Co-Sponsor Small BREW Act

Senator Warner recently toured Richmond's Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and announced his support for the small brewer excise tax recalibration legislation.Read More

Senator Casey Urges Excise Tax Reform During Brewery Visit

Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania recently stopped by East End Brewing Company. During his visit he promoted the Small BREW Act, S. 917, which would provide a federal excise tax reduction for small breweries.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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