Founder and CEO of Back 40 Beer Company, Jason Wilson, recently hosted a tour for Congressman Robert B. Aderholt (R-AL 4th District). As this was the Congressman first opportunity to visit a local brewery, Wilson gave him an in-depth tour of the facility. He explained the challenges of running a small his small and discussed the Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (Small BREW Act), legislation that could assist breweries with expansion and help create local jobs.
At the conclusion of the tour, Congressman Aderholt—who supported the Small BREW Act in the 113th Congress—reaffirmed his support for small breweries and agreed to co-sponsor the legislation once again.
Outreach to Members of Congress by brewery owners like Mr. Wilson is key to developing awareness for industry issues. Wilson said, “Given the large amount of lobbying dollars involved in our industry, it is critical that small brewers have a relationship with their Representatives. What we lack in cash, we can easily make up for in relationships. If every member of the Brewers Association had a personal relationship with their legislator, we could have a tremendous positive impact on this industry.”
After the meeting Congressman Aderholt issued a statement, “I want to thank Jason for taking the time to give me a tour of his impressive facility. It’s clear that the team at Back Forty take a lot of care and pride in the product they are producing… This type of small business, entrepreneurship is the backbone of America’s economy. I wish nothing but the best for Jason and everyone at Back Forty. Keep up the great work.”
Back 40 Beer Company opened in 2009 and currently has 22 full-time employees.
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