The House Small Brewers Caucus, now composed of 49 Members of Congress, held an educational meeting prior to the Celebrating American Craft Beer reception on June 2. Both Caucus co-chairs (Congressmen DeFazio and Rehberg) spoke briefly and BA President Charlie Papazian and Board members Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head Craft Brewery) and Greg Koch (Stone Brewing Co.) were featured speakers on the challenges facing small brewers in the current economic and legislative climate. Greg and Sam also spoke about beer tasting and appreciation as a lead in to the reception. 60 Congressional staffers attended, along with about a dozen BA brewery members and staff.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association (BA). 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.See Pete Johnson's Articles