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Small Brewer Statement on the Importance of an Independent Three-Tier Beer Distribution System

The Brewers Association's board of directors approved a Position Statement on the Importance of an Independent Three-Tier Beer Distribution System. Read More

Federal Small Brewer Excise Tax Bill Introduced in Senate

On Wednesday, March 9, legislation seeking to enact a graduated beer excise tax rate of $3.50 and $16.00 for America's small brewers was introduced by U.S. Senators John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). Joining Senators Kerry and CrapRead More

Sen. Charles Schumer Pledges Support of Small Brewer Bill; Tours Craft Breweries

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he is joining more than 20 bipartisan colleagues to introduce legislation that will cut the excise tax on small breweries in half, helping small brewers, hire new employees, and revitalize downtown communitieRead More

12 Hours on Capitol Hill

Small Brewers Make a Focused Push on HR 4278. Fourteen small brewery members pay visits to lawmakers in Washington DC.Read More

The 2010 Elections: What Happened on November 2nd and What it Means for Small Brewers

As power in Washington swings like a pendulum, it is important for the Brewers Association to assess what the recent mid-term elections will mean for the small businesses the Association exists to protect. Here's a recap of what the shakeup might meanRead More

Election Results: I-1100 Voted Down; Prop 26 Passes

Washington and California brewers guilds claim victory in election initiatives that would affect their small business constituents.Read More

Representative Ruppersberger (MD), Latest Co-sponsor on Small Brewer Excise Tax Reduction Legislation

Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger recently signed on in support of HR 4278. Total number of sponsors for the Bill sits at 109.Read More

Representative Kildee (MI) Latest Co-sponsor on Small Brewer Excise Tax Reduction Legislation

Congressman Dale Kildee of Michigan recently signed on in support of HR 4278. Total number of sponsors for the Bill sits at 109.Read More

Representative Roskam (IL) Latest Co-sponsor on Small Brewer Excise Tax Reduction Legislation

Congressman Peter Roskam of Illinois recently signed on in support of HR 4278. Total number of sponsors for the Bill sits at 109.Read More

Representative Cantor (VA) Latest Co-sponsor on Small Brewer Excise Tax Reduction Legislation

Congressman Eric Cantor of Virginia recently signed on in support of HR 4278. Total number of sponsors for the Bill sits at 109.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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