Craft brewers stage a friendlier Boston-style Tea Party

Craft brewers stage a friendlier Boston-style Tea Party

Craft brewers from across the country didn't dump their product, they drank it in a bid for government tax relief.

As the New York Times reports, many of the 4000 members of the Brewers Association, in Washington, D.C. for the group's annual conference, are lobbying Congressional staffers in support of the Small BREW (Brewers Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce) Act.

Under the proposal, brewers who produce 6 million or fewer barrels of craft beer a year would pay $3.50 per barrel on their first 60,000 barrels, $16 for each barrel between 60,001 and 2 million, and $18 for every barrel thereafter.

Under current federal law, brewers who produce fewer than 2 million barrels of beer per year pay tax of $7 a barrel on their first 60,000 barrels and $18 a barrel on every barrel thereafter.

According to stats compiled by the Oregon Brewers Guild, Portland has more breweries than any city in the world, with 51, and the state ranks in the top three nationally on a number of measures, including the number of breweries (with about 166 in 60 cities), craft beer production and consumption, and the percent of draft beer consumed.

Those numbers are expected to increase as more breweries open. Most recently Breakside Brewery opened a new location in Milwaukie at 5821 S.E. International Way, behind Bob’s Red Mill.