American Brewing Company Heading to Washington, DC
October 31, 2011 - 1:53 PM-- by Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog --
American Brewing Company is one of only 15 breweries from across the country invited to participate in the 10th Annual Autumn Capitol Hill Beer Tasting. The event takes place on November 2nd in Washington, DC and will be attended by over 500 members of Congress and their staffs.
The event is organized by the Brewers Association in cooperation with the National Beer Wholesalers Association. This year the purpose is to garner additional support for HR 1236 (the Small Brewers Act).
American Brewing will pour its Breakaway IPA and Caboose Oatmeal Stout at the event. The Capitol Hill Beer Tasting focuses on the educational aspects of the beer served, introducing attendees to the malt and hop varieties, characteristics of the beers, food pairing options, brewing processes employed, and so on.
“We’re extremely pleased to have been chosen for this honor," says Neil Fallon, CEO of American Brewing Company, “What a great distinction to have our beer being poured in the halls of Congress.” As well as being there for the beer tasting event, Fallon will meet with Congressman Jay Inslee from Washington’s 1st Congressional District. Fallon and Inslee will discuss the small brewer excise tax legislation.
Representative Inslee has yet to sign on as a co-sponsor of HR 1236 and is not yet a member of the House of Small Brewers Caucus. Inslee's district includes many of Seattle's northern suburbs in King, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties, including the city of Edmonds which American Brewing calls home.
With the help of Brewmaster Skip Madsen, Fallon has put American Brewing Company on the map in just a few short months. Since opening last winter, the brewery has gained a reputation for outstanding beers and is on an impressive growth trajectory. The young brewery even brought home a medal from the Great American Beer Festival in September.
“Since American Brewing Company is doing business within the Congressman’s district, I would personally like to discuss with him the importance of his support on this matter,” adds Fallon. “I welcome the opportunity to explain that with the explosive growth and added jobs that we are providing, the reduction in excise tax would allow us to do more…faster. Pennies count in a start up.”
HR 1236 (previously HR 4278) introduces a reduced excise tax rate for all small breweries in the United States. It has gained the support of many members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. Read our previous posts about this issue. Many of our local Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors. Both Senator Cantwell and Senator Murray have signed on as sponsors of the Senate version of the excise tax relief bill.