Support Your Local Brewery has sent out an “Action Alert” asking all craft beer enthusiasts (that’s you!) to contact your representative in the US House and ask that he or she join the Small Brewers Caucus. The purpose of the caucus is “gain a better understanding of all aspects of small, amateur and professional craft brewing, from business and regulatory issues to the brewing process and history of the small brewing community.” In other words, it’s a group of reps in the House that are willing to help small brewers and homebrewers.
Below is the entire letter that was sent out which includes a link to find your representative and a suggested message to send. I strongly encourage you to take 2 minutes, copy the suggested letter and paste it in your representative’s website contact form. The more craft beer advocates there are on Capitol Hill, the better it is for us. While you’re at it, sign up and support Support Your Local Brewery (it’s free).
Dear Beer Enthusiasts and Homebrewers,
We’re asking you to contact your U.S. Representative and ask him or her to join the House Small Brewers Caucus. What is the House Small Brewers Caucus?
The U.S. House of Representatives Small Brewers Caucus was formed in 2007 by interested Members of Congress. Their mission is to gain a better understanding of all aspects of small, amateur and professional craft brewing, from business and regulatory issues to the brewing process and history of the small brewing community. The members of the Caucus are passionate about small brewers and craft beer. Co-chairs Representative Peter DeFazio (OR) and Representative Denny Rehberg (MT) have themselves been homebrewers and are avid beer enthusiasts.
Currently, only 49 Representatives belong to the Caucus. To put that in some perspective, 344 Congressional districts are home to at least one small brewery and we assume every one of the 435 districts is home to homebrewers and beer enthusiasts.
You can help by asking your U.S. Representative to join the Caucus. Help assure that you have the strongest voice possible speaking on your beer behalf in Congress.
You’ve come to appreciate the flavor, diversity and quality of your homebrew or locally brewed beers from America’s small breweries. In these uncertain economic and legislative times you can imagine how important it is to educate Congress about the community of homebrewers, beer enthusiasts and small brewers.
Ask your Representative to join the Caucus. Following are resource materials to assist you, including a brief message you can use to make your contact, either sending it “as is” or modifying it to add your personal message.
Thanks for all you do in support of America’s small brewing community.
President, Brewers Association
Director, American Homebrewers Association
Below is a list of the 49 U.S. Representatives who are currently Small Brewers Caucus members. If your Representative DOES NOT appear on this list, please take a moment and email your Member of Congress about joining the Caucus.
If your Representative is already a member, please email him/her a brief thank you for their support of both small brewers and you, the craft beer drinker and enthusiast.
Please visit the official U.S. House of Representatives web site http://www.house.gov/ to access your Representative’s personal web page and contact information – just enter your zip code in the “Find Your Representative” search box in the upper left-hand corner and then click on your Representative’s name on the page that displays to enter his/her personal web page.
House Small Brewers Caucus Roster (as of July 28, 2009)
|AR-02||Vic Snyder||MT-AL||Denny Rehberg|
|AZ-05||Harry Mitchell||NE-02||Lee Terry|
|CA-01||Mike Thompson||NY-12||Nydia Velazquez|
|CA-02||Wally Herger||NY-17||Eliot Engel|
|CA-06||Lynn Woolsey||NY-22||Maurice Hinchey|
|CA-49||Darrell Issa||NY-24||Mike Arcuri|
|CA-50||Brian Bilbray||OK-03||Frank Lucas|
|CO-01||Diana DeGette||OK-04||Tom Cole|
|CO-02||Jared Polis||OR-01||David Wu|
|CO-03||John Salazar||OR-02||Greg Walden|
|CO-05||Doug Lamborn||OR-03||Earl Blumenauer|
|CO-07||Ed Perlmutter||OR-04||Peter DeFazio|
|GA-05||John Lewis||PA-06||Jim Gerlach|
|HI-02||Mazie Hirono||PA-08||Patrick Murphy|
|IA-02||Dave Loebsack||PA-15||Charles Dent|
|KS-03||Dennis Moore||SC-01||Henry Brown, Jr.|
|MA-01||John Olver||TX-23||Ciro Rodriguez|
|MA-09||Stephen Lynch||TX-25||Lloyd Doggett|
|MA-10||William Delahunt||VA-05||Tom Perriello|
|MI-01||Bert Stupak||VT-AL||Peter Welch|
|MI-02||Peter Hoekstra||WA-02||Rick Larsen|
|MI-04||Dave Camp||WA-04||Doc Hastings|
|MI-06||Fred Upton||WA-08||Dave Reichert|
|MI-11||Thaddeus McCotter||WI-02||Tammy Baldwin|
Suggested letter for your U.S. Representative
Dear Representative _____________,
As your constituent, I am writing to ask you to join the House Small Brewers Caucus, co-chaired by Representatives Peter DeFazio and Denny Rehberg.
The purpose of the Small Brewers Caucus is to provide Members of Congress and their staff an opportunity to learn about activities of the American craft brewing community, which includes over 1,500 small and independent American brewery businesses, and beer and homebrewing enthusiasts that participate in and contribute to local community activities and economies. The Small Brewers Caucus also offers opportunities to learn about the science and art of beer and brewing, the dynamics of running a small business as a brewery, the associated regulatory and societal issues and the value of craft beers and small brewing activities.
As a beer enthusiast and ardent supporter of America’s small professional and amateur brewers, I appreciate the many contributions their small, independent businesses make to their local communities. From their flavorful and distinctive locally brewed beers to their community involvement, small breweries are important economic and social hubs in their local communities.
Please contact the Washington office of either Representative DeFazio (202-225-6416) or Representative Rehberg (202-225-3211) to learn more about the Small Brewers Caucus and to join. Thank you for considering my request.