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Brewers Association logoThe Brewers Association, BA, a not-for-profit trade association, recognized the work of two Congressmen for their stewardship of the Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (Small BREW Act) earlier this week. The Legislator of the Year Awards, presented at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., were given to Reps. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) and Richard E. Neil (D-Mass.). They introduced the Small BREW Act last year and are expected to reintroduce it later this month.

The thrust of the act is a recalibration of the federal excise tax rate structure to further foster the growth of America’s craft brewing community. If passed it would reduce the per barrel tax from $7 to $3.50 on the first 60,000 barrels brewed for those brewers producing less than 2 million barrels per year. Congressman Gerlach is co-chairman of the House Small Brewers Cacus and explained, “These independent and innovative small business owners often work just as hard at improving their communities as they do perfecting their world-class products.”

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