The Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus was established in June, 2011. The formation of the Caucus was led by Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), who support the role of America's small and independent brewers as an engine of economic growth in the country. Read Senator Baucus' press release.
In a Dear Colleague letter, Senators Baucus and Crapo noted, "In recent years, the more than 1,700 craft brewers all across America have met growing consumer demand for their products by brewing flavorful and innovative beers which they encourage Americans to enjoy in a responsible manner. These small and independent brewers...generate more than $3 billion in wages and benefits, and pay more than $2.3 billion in business, personal and consumption taxes."
Mirroring the House Small Brewers Caucus (formed in 2007), the Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus provides a forum for members of the Senate and their staffs to discuss the issues important to small brewers while exploring what lawmakers can do to strengthen the growth and role of these small businesses in local economies across the country.
The caucus will also provide opportunities for Senators and staff to learn about the science and art of brewing beer, and the unique cultural and economic contributions made by small brewers to their communities.