Senator Bob Casey recentlydropped by Susquehanna Brewing Co. in Pittston, Pennsylvania to meet with brewery co-owners Mark Nobile and Fred Maier. During his visit, the Senator promoted the Small BREW Act (S. 917), which would provide a federal excise tax reduction for small brewers. Currently, a small brewer that produces less than 2 million barrels of beer per year is eligible to pay $7.00 per barrel on the first 60,000 barrels produced each year. The proposed legislation would adjust this rate to $3.50 per barrel and would provide eligible breweries with approximately $28 million in savings per year (based on 2012 data). This would assist breweries like Susquehanna with their efforts to maintain and generatelocal manufacturing jobs.
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