For the third time in the eight years, American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) has been referenced by law makers on Capitol Hill. ACBW was previously offered up as a motion by lawmakers for the government to officially recognize ACBW and the small and independent craft brewers who have sparked a revolution of fuller-flavored beers in the country.
This time, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced “a bill to stimulate regional economies nationwide with a reduction in the excise tax on each barrel of beer (one barrel is 31 gallons) brewed by small brewers.”
Senator Cardin’s Floor Statement (May 9, 2013)
“Mr. President, next week is American Craft Beer Week, so I am pleased to rise today with my friend and colleague, the senior Senator from Maine—Senator Collins—to introduce the Small Brewer Reinvestment & Expanding Workforce Act of 2013, otherwise known as the Small BREW Act.”
Other Capitol Hill Supporters of ACBW
Elsewhere around the country, lawmakers recognized ACBW and the economic engine that the craft brewing segment represents.
New York | Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) tweeted encouragement for the citizens of New York to get out and try a new local craft beer for ACBW.
Colorado | Congressman Scott Tipton
Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) celebrated ACBW by visiting one of his state’s local craft breweries, Ska Brewing Co. in Durango. Read Tipton’s press release, “Tipton Praises Economic Impact of Colorado Craft Brewers.”
The recognition of ACBW makes it evident that if there is one thing this country can agree on, it’s the importance of small and independent craft brewers, and that there are no “No red states or blue states, only brew states.”