U.S. Senator Kirk Rallies for Small Brewer Tax Reduction

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), a recent co-sponsor of the Small BREW Act, stopped by Revolution Brewing in Chicago to rally support for this proposed excise tax reduction legislation.

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).

According to Senator Kirk “The Small BREW Act represents an opportunity to unleash tremendous potential for entrepreneurship.”

Senator Kirk’s support of this legislation will help breweries in Illinois and across the country provide even more manufacturing jobs and therefore boost local economies.

Read Senator Kirk’s press release for more information on this visit. 

For more information on how to connect with members of Congress, visit the Government Affairs section of BrewersAssociation.org.


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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