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Small Minnesota Brewer Hosts Senator Klobuchar

Castle Danger Brewery owners, Clint and Jamie MacFarlane, recently hosted Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. The group discussed S. 917, a federal excise tax recalibration for small brewers. Read More

Senator Casey Visits Local Brewery, Promotes Tax Break

Senator Casey of Pennsylvania recently stopped by Allentown Brew Works. During his visit he promoted the federal excise tax reduction for small breweries. Read More

New Jersey Senator Visits Flying Fish Brewery

Senator Robert Menendez, original co-sponsor of the Small BREW Act, visited Flying Fish Brewery on July 8. This is his second meeting with Flying Fish owner Gene Muller this year.Read More

Small Brewers Discuss Business Issues at U.S. Senate Forum

At the invitation of the United States Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, Brewers Association Chief Operating Officer Bob Pease and thirteen Brewers Association (BA) member brewers appeared before the committee on Thursday, May 16 to discuRead 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

A Win in Kentucky for Small Breweries

Kentucky Governor Beshear signs craft-friendly legislation, which makes it easier for breweries to sell beer in their tap rooms. Read More

BA Members Speak to POLITICO About Small Brewers’ Legislative Efforts (Video)

During the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, D.C., Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing Company spoke to POLITICO, covering topics from taxation to regulation.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

Largest Group of Small Brewers Climb Capitol Hill

Representatives from small breweries and state brewers guilds were accompanied by Brewers Association staff in the largest-ever lobbying hill climb.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

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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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