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Deb Carey of New Glarus Brewing to sit with First Lady

New Glarus Brewing Co.'s owner, Deb Carey, will once again represent small business at the White House as she sits with first lady Michelle Obama during the State of the Union Tuesday evening. Read More

New Glarus Brewing Co.

New Glarus Brewing Co. co-founder Deb Carey was among the 15 small business owners to meet with President Obama and top-level administration advisers and staff to discuss fiscal cliff issues and how to address them.Read More

Kentucky Senator McConnell Visits Against the Grain Brewery

Against the Grain Brewery hosted a meeting with Senator Mitch McConnell and local brewery owners to discuss the Kentucky brewing industry and excise tax reduction for small breweries. Read More

New Jersey Governor Signs Small Brewery Bill

Governor Chris Christie signs into law legislation that will help small brewery access to market in New Jersey. Read More

Congresswoman Emerson Tours and Tastes at Missouri Brewery

On August 17, 2012 US Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson (MO-8) toured Bucyrus microbrewery, Piney River Brewing company. Read More

Support for Small Brewer Legislation Brings Congressman to Local Brewery

U.S. Congressman Rob Andrews (NJ-1) recently visited the new Flying Fish Brewing Co. facility in Somerdale, N.J.Read More

NY Governor Cuomo Signs Franchise Reform Bill

With Wednesday August 1 set as a deadline for the Governor to act, the pending NY franchise reform bill was signed into law. Read More

Senator Blumenthal Visits Thomas Hooker Brewing Co., Discusses Small Brewer Tax Reduction

Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut recently visited Thomas Hooker Brewing Company. As a co-sponsor of S. 534 he supports excise tax recalibration for small brewers.Read More

NY Governor Cuomo Signs Craft-Friendly Bill

After passing in both the state Assembly and Senate, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that will help strengthen the craft brewing industry in NY.Read More

Brewers Association Member Outreach Results in Congressional Brewery Visits

As part of its mission to promote and protect the craft brewing industry, the BA continues to work with member breweries to advance small brewer excise tax legislation and build relationships with their elected officials. As part of its mission to promotRead 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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