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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

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

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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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