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Message to Brewers Association Members on Three-Tier System and Franchise Law Reform

The Brewers Association Board of Directors recently sent a message to members regarding the three-tier system and franchise law reform.Read More

U.S. Senator Kirk Rallies for Small Brewer Tax Reduction

During a visit to Revolution Brewing in Chicago, U.S. Senator Kirk discussed the Small BREW ActRead 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

U.S. Senators Support Brewers on Proposed Spent Grain Ruling

In support of brewers in their states and across the country, U.S. Senators Collins (R-ME), King (I-ME), Udall (D-CO) and others are urging changes to the proposed FDA ruling. Read More

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

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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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