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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

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

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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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