U.S. House Toasts Craft Brewers
June 7, 2006 - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a resolution commending America's craft brewers for their contributions to the nation's communities, economy, culture and history.
Under the leadership of two friends of the craft brewing community, Representatives Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and with 70 additional Congressmen co-sponsoring the measure, House Resolution 753 achieved passage in just 60 days.
"This is an important and significant step in our effort to raise the profile of craft beer and brewing in Washington," said Brewers Association president Charlie Papazian. "The amount of support we received from members of Congress was extremely gratifying and was due in large part to the efforts of individual Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association members calling and writing their Congressmen to ask for their support of the resolution."
The resolution, which also recognizes the establishment of American Craft Beer Week (held for the first time this year May 15-21), was a featured element of a Capitol Hill Congressional reception held on May 16. The reception featured American Homebrewers Association and BA members serving BA member craft beers from across the country paired with a variety of artisinal foods. At this event, Congressmen Boehlert and DeFazio were publicly recognized and thanked for their outstanding support of America's craft brewers.