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Small BREW Act reps

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The Small Brewers Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act, also known as H.R. 494 and the Small BREW Act, has been reintroduced into the House of Representatives as the 113th Congress gets underway. The act is bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) and Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) who were recognized earlier this week by the Brewers Association for their work.

In short, the act would recalibrate the federal beer excise tax and provide small brewers, of which there are approxoimately 2,500 in the U.S., an additional $60 million per year that could be used to grow their businesses and create jobs. Nationally, small and independent brewers employ over 100,000 full and part-time employees, generating more than $3 billion in wages and benefits. They also have higher costs for production, raw materials, packaging and market entry than their multi-national competitors in addition to the negative impact of efforts to increase state taxes.

Bob Pease, CEO of the Brewers Association, adds, “America’s small brewers are part of a vibrant, growing industry, and really are Main Street manufacturers. The Small BREW Act will help America’s small brewers invest in and grow their businesses – an important part of economic reinvigoration. We look forward to working with the new Congress on the passage of this legislation, which will have a positive impact on agricultural, manufacturing, hospitality and distribution jobs for the future.”

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