Boulder, CO • April 13, 2012—A representative from The Brewers Association— the trade association representing small and independent brewers—met yesterday with Montana’s Senior U.S. Senator, Max Baucus, to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing small craft brewers in the state of Montana. The meeting took place at the Draught Works Brewery in Missoula, and other meeting attendees included Jeff Grant and Paul Marshall, co-owners of Draught Works, Tony Herbert, Executive Director of the Montana Brewers Association, and Josh Townsley, Vice-President of the Montana Brewers Association and owner of Tamarack Brewing Company. All parties are working together to elevate the economic opportunities presented by local small brewers, especially as craft beer sales continue to increase market share of the national beer market.
“Senator Baucus—who chairs the Senate Bi-partisan Small Brewers Caucus—is, and always has been, a tremendous champion for small businesses, economic growth and job creation in Montana,” said Bob Pease, Chief Operating Officer of the Brewers Association. “We are proud that he is such a strong advocate for Montana brewers and small brewers nationally, and we are looking forward to working with him on Congressional legislative efforts that will ensure America’s small brewers continue to thrive and contribute to our nation’s economy and job growth.”
“Small breweries are engines for our economy and use Montana’s world-class grains to create delicious beer and good-paying jobs.” said Baucus, Co-Chairman of the Senate’s Bi-partisan Small Brewers Caucus. “In Montana, we’re home to more small breweries per capita than almost anywhere in the nation, and it’s important to make sure they have the tools they need to thrive. Montana’s small brewers make great beer while contributing to their local communities and we’ll keep working together to support these important jobs.”
Currently, Montana has the second-highest number of small breweries per capita in the nation, with 34 registered breweries, and at least two more breweries are expected to open in 2012. Small brewers use over 5.6 million pounds of malted grain, approximately half of which is grown in Montana. They employ more than 240 Montanans.
Abby Berman (on behalf of the Brewers Association)
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