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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

Delaware Senators Visit Local Brewery

Fordham Brewing meets with Democratic Senators Carper and Coons.Read More

Texas Small Brewer Wins Partial Victory Against State Alcoholic Beverage Commission

In a decision handed down earlier this week by the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, several provisions of Texas alcohol law have been found to violate the First Amendment of the Constitution. The court found in favor of Jester KinRead More

US Senator Visits Ohio Craft Brewer

Great Lakes Brewing Co. provides an update to US Senator Rob Portman's visit to their Cleveland brewery.Read More

Senator Charles Schumer Joins Senate Small Brewers Caucus

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) recently joined the Senate Small Brewers Caucus and is in support of the proposed Brewer's Employment and Excise Relief Act (S. 534).Read More

New Jersey’s Flying Fish Brewing Co. hosts Lt. Governor

Small business in New Jersey prompts Lt. Governor's visit to Flying Fish.Read More

BA Members Meet on Hill in Support of Small Brewers Bill; Participate in NBWA

BA members visit DC to meet with lawmakers and showcase their craft beers.Read More

Brewers Guilds Crucial In State Reform

Established brewers guilds effective in reform in Massachusetts and California.Read More

Congressman Visits Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.; Commits to Support Small Brewer Tax Bill

Continuing an August tradition, Congressman Lee Terry (R-Nebraska) made his third visit to Lucky Bucket Brewing Co. in as many years on Monday, August 15.Read More

Senators Tout Small Brewer Bill for Job Creation

Two senators visited craft brewers on Tuesday, August 8th, bringing attention to the proposed Brewer's Employment and Excise Relief Act (S. 534). The Senators recognize the bill as a way to create jobs, and support "Main Street" businesses wRead 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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