The Brewers Association recently released an Action Request to Beer Enthusiasts, Homebrewers, Breweries & Beer-Allied Companies. The request is rather simple: Help increase your access to craft beer from America’s small brewers.
And how does one take such action?
According to the Brewers Association, “We are asking you to support America’s small brewers by making a very simple request of your U.S. Representative to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 4278.“
Essentially, H.R. 4278 [PDF] would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by providing a reduced rate of excise tax on beer produced domestically by certain small producers.
Why is this a good idea? Well, according to the National Brewers Association:
1. A tax reduction will help grow small business breweries and provide greater access to the beers you enjoy.
2. Harvard University’s John Friedman’s study, Economic Impact of Small Brewers Excise Tax Reduction (H.R. 4278) [PDF], reveals that H.R. 4278 would also help stimulate job creation quickly and at a low cost: The bill would generate more than 2,700 new jobs over the first year to 18 months, followed by an average of 375 new jobs per year over the following four years.
The Brewers Association has developed a resource page to give all interested persons the information and tools needed to make the case to their Representative for supporting this tax relief measure—and by extension, for supporting the small brewery businesses that are such a vital part of local communities.
On the resource page, you will find a link to a list of current sponsors of H.R. 4278. If your Representative DOES NOT appear on this list, the Brewers Association requests that you please take a moment and email your Member of Congress to ask them to cosponsor H.R. 4278.
If your Representative is already a cosponsor, the Brewers Association requests that you please email him/her a brief thank you for their support of small brewers and you, the craft beer drinker and enthusiast.