Small Brewer’s Caucus Celebrates American Craft Beer Week
The Co-Chairs of the Small Brewers Caucus, Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Richard Neal (D-MA), and Mike Kelly (R-PA) today marked the start of American Craft Beer Week with a resolution, H.Res. 884, expressing appreciation America’s independent craft brewers.
“Our nation’s booming craft brewing industry is not only a vibrant affirmation of the entrepreneurial traditions of the United States, they are a testament to the strength and importance of small businesses,” said the members in a statement. “With small and independent brewers in all fifty states, craft brewers make up a diverse and influential economic engine that provides jobs and supports agriculture and manufacturing across the United States. We’re proud to be the largest bi-partisan caucus in Congress and pledge to continue to promote and protect American craft brewing.”
“The small and independent craft brewer is the epitome of the American dream,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO, Brewers Association. “We thank Congress for recognizing small and independent craft brewers’ entrepreneurialism, hard work and contributions to communities throughout the country.”
Craft brewing represents more than 12.7 percent of the American beer market and directly supports 135,000+ jobs across the country. With a total economic impact estimated at $67.8 billion, craft brewers hold a significant position in our nation’s beer industry.
The House Small Brewer’s Caucus, founded in 2007 by Rep. DeFazio, is a bipartisan group of 231 members from 43 states.