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Small Brewers Lobby on Capitol Hill

On June 7, sixty-eight individuals including Brewers Association staff, BA member small brewers, and state guild leaders climbed Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress.Read More

Virgina Governor Signs Legislation to Support Local Craft Breweries

Governor McDonnell signs two pieces of legislation that help craft breweries and enhance the local economy.Read More

Small Brewers Join Wholesalers at DC Legislative Conference

Small brewers and Brewers Association staff recently joined wholesalers in Washington D.C. to discuss issues important to the first and second tiers. Read More

VA Governor Signs Bill Enhancing Small Brewery Sales

Breweries lobby to pass a bill in Virginia allowing on-premise beer sales without serving food.Read More

BA supports IR-4 Funding

The Brewers Association announces its support for the retention of funding as a separate line item for the IR-4 Minor Crop Project.Read More

Rep. Dave Camp visits Midland Brewing Company

Rep. Camp meets with brewery owners from his district.Read More

Congressman attends the Western Pennsylvania Brewers Meeting

Congressman Jim Gerlach attends Western Pennsylvania Brewers Meeting at Church Brew Works. Read More

Small Brewers on Capitol Hill

Small brewers spend time in the nation's capital. Read More

Congressman Tours and Tastes at North Carolina Breweries

U.S. Representative Brad Miller (D-NC) toured two small brewers in Raleigh, NC, recently, highlighting his support of the Small BREW Act.Read More

Give Economy Hops With Microbrew Tax Cut: Christian DeBenedetti

Freelance writer Christian DeBenedetti shares what it would mean for America's 1,900+ small and independent craft breweries if the proposed federal excise tax reduction is passed in "Give Economy Hops With Microbrew Tax Cut."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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