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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

Congressman Highlights Craft Brewer in Support of HR 1236

Lawmakers in Washington tout bill as a solution to "fix" the economy and describes small brewer as "success" story.Read More

Brewers Association Federal Tax Efforts Featured on Fox Business

Bob Pease, COO of the Brewers Association, appeared on Fox Business to discuss federal excise tax legislation impacting small brewers.Read More

Small Brewers Triangulate on Capitol Hill

June 2nd and 3rd were busy days for small brewers and state brewer guild representatives in the halls of Congress, with three separate events focusing on Main Street brewery businesses, craft beer and small brewer issues. Read More

Small Brewer Bills Gain Ground in House and Senate

Bills would help create jobs and stimulate economy.Read More

BA Adds New Hire to Place Emphasis on State Guilds

With the addition of Acacia Coast, the new state brewers association coordinator, the Brewers Association is focusing on guild support and development in 2011.Read More

Congressman Jim Gerlach Visits Iron Hill Brewery

Congressman visits small brewery which he hopes can create jobs with help from Small BREW Bill.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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