Senator Wyden Discusses S. 3339 with Oregon Craft Brewers

Following up on his visit to Ninkasi Brewing Company in Eugene on July 5th, Senator Ron Wyden spoke with craft brewers and brewing industry suppliers at Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) in Portland on July 16th. The topic of Senator Wyden’s visit  detailed his support of S. 3339, the proposed legislation that would cut the small brewers excise tax differential in half from $7 per barrel to $3.50 per barrel of beer.

In a state such as Oregon, with nearly 100 craft breweries and the region being a major supplier of hops to the world, S.3339 represents an opportunity to grow businesses and create jobs; two aspects crucial to a country struggling to rebound after a recession.

S.3339 was introduced earlier this year by Senators John Kerry (MA) and Mike Crapo (ID). In addition to S.3339, Congressman Richard Neal (MA) has introduced HR 4278 which S.3339 is a companion bill to. To find more information on either of these bills visit their Resource page.

Listen to more on Senator Wyden’s visit to Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) – Oregon Brewers Happy to Hear Wyden’s Plan

Pete serves as programs manager for the Brewers Association, with primary responsibilities in the areas of government affairs and membership programs. 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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