Craft beer brewers met in Washington, D.C., last week to participate in the industry's first conference organized by the Brewers Association and to meet with Congressional staff members to lobby for the Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act, which would reduce the tax paid on a company's first 60,000 barrels of beer by half and would allow them to brew more beer and hire more workers. Currently, small brewers pay $7 for every 31-gallon barrel of beer brewed for the first 60,000 barrels, but critics of the Small BREW Act say that the current tax has not kept up with inflation and that it would cost the government about $67 million per year to cut the tax.

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