Small Minnesota Brewer Hosts Senator Klobuchar

Clint and Jaime MacFarlane’s company, Castle Danger Brewery, has been creating jobs and contributing to the economy in Two Harbors, Minnesota since it opened in 2011. The MacFarlanes were recently able to discuss how to better grow their small business when Senator Amy Klobuchar stopped by for a visit.

The Senator listen to the challenges that the small brewery owners face as they are prepare to expand in order to meet the demand for their product. As a co-sponsor of the Small BREW Act, she acknowledges the need to support these small businesses, which will in turn create new local jobs. The bill, S. 917, reduces federal excise tax for small brewers.

Mr. MacFarlane explains, “The recalibration of the excise tax would allow us to put more money back into equipment and man hours–more reinvesting into our business.”

Nationally, small and independent brewers employ approximately 108,440 full- and part-time employees (many of which are American manufacturing jobs) and generate more than $3 billion in wages and benefits and pay more than $2.3 billion in business, personal and consumption taxes. The support of government officials, like Senator Klobuchar, will help breweries continue to make an impact on their local communities.

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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