US Senator Visits Ohio Craft Brewer

From Great Lakes Brewing Co.

On Monday, December 19th, US Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) spent the afternoon of his birthday touring Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) in Cleveland and spoke with employees, local merchants and media about the proposed payroll tax cut and small brewer excise tax bill.

Senator Portman is a self-proclaimed fan of GLBC and the craft beer industry (he even bought a 6-pack of GLBC’s Christmas Ale for a recent Secret Santa gift exchange on Capitol Hill). Senator Portman commended GLBC’s recent successes and highlighted the company as a business that can grow under tax reforms, which includes a graduated excise tax (the Senator is an original co-sponsor of the issue). Recalibrating the by-the-barrel rate for small brewers can help companies like GLBC bring jobs and money to the local economy. The Senator even has high hopes that GLBC will export beers in the future!

After the tour of the brewery, representatives from the Senator’s office, GLBC, Ohio City Incorporated (OCI) and Mitchell’s Ice Cream met to discuss the future of the Ohio City neighborhood (GLBC’s neighborhood) and possibilities for GLBC’s expansion in the area. GLBC is reaching maximum capacity and is working with OCI and city officials on the next steps for expansion. The evening ended with birthday cake for the Senator and pints of GLBC’s Christmas Ale.

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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