Repeal Day, Monroe and Prohibition

A state convention gathered in Utah on this date in 1933 to ratify the 21st Amendment. A three quarter majority was needed to make it official and Utah became the 36th state to do so. Making December 5 the official day the 21st Amendment was ratified. Now this date will be known as Repeal Day.
Of course history is more complicated than that and I plan on covering some of those stories in the next few months. During my research I discovered a great blog post by Kathy Warnes. It is about Monroe during the beginning of prohibition. I will share the first paragraph then link it below. It’s fun and informative.

Rumrunner Muskrat La Framboise preferred to move his bootleg whiskey stored in jute bags tied together at the tops like ears in his boat equipped with a stopper resembling a bathtub plug. He rowed along the Detroit River Highway from Ecorse to its mouth near Monroe taking orders and delivering his liquid refreshment. When a government agent or policeman spotted him and gave chase, he pulled the plug and the boat would sink. After the drama of the chase and capture died down, he’d return to his boat and dive for his liquor, or if he had a large shipment, he would bring a few friends along to help. Muskrat became as skilled as a loon diving for fish at this method of River recycling.

Bootlegging Down The Avenue de Booze

Flying Dog lawsuit update

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Flying Dog just posted an update on Facebook regarding their lawsuit against the MLCC:

Update on our Federal Lawsuit Against Michigan Liquor Control Commission

by Flying Dog Brewery on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 3:24pm

We furthered our fight for our First Amendment Rights in Michigan by filing for a motion for preliminary injunction — a request for the court to allow our Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA to be sold while the case is pending. The 34-page motion outlines the arguments and case against the recent Michigan Liquor Control Commission ruling, which banned the sale of our best-selling beer, Raging Bitch, in the state.

 

The first hearing on the case is set for June 8 at 4 pm in the U.S. District of Western Michigan in Grand Rapids. Both Flying Dog attorney Alan Gura and CEO Jim Caruso will be present. According to court documents, “the purpose of the scheduling conference is to review the joint status report and to explore methods of expediting the disposition of the action.”

 

With the support of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, we filed suit in U.S. District Court on March 25 to overturn the Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s ban on Raging Bitch. The suit also seeks to recover damages from the loss of sales under the statewide ban, which the Commission issued based on its members’ personal distaste for Raging Bitch’s labeling.

 

The brouhaha began in September 2009, when we applied for a license to sell Raging Bitch, our 20th anniversary commemorative beer, in the state of Michigan. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission barred the sale of Raging Bitch, claiming that the beer’s label — designed by renowned British artist Ralph Steadman — is “detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare.”

Arbor Brewing will receive an ambassador award for hospitality from the Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

I just got this from an email Rene Greff sent out to her ABC and Corner list:

ARBOR BREWING will receive an ambassador award for hospitality on Thursday, July 29th.

YOU ARE INVITED —— HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US

*******************************************************************

22nd Annual Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Ambassador Awards Dinner Recognizing Outstanding Members of the Hospitality Industry

Thursday, July 29th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm

STEPHEN M. ROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

(Colloquium and Lobby Gallery on the 6th Floor)

701 Tappan Avenue, Ann Arbor

Valet Parking Provided

Keynote Speaker: DAVID BRANDON, Director of Athletics at the University of Michigan

$45.00 per person — Cocktails & Dinner — Drawing for two tickets on AirTran Airways

*****RSVP —- today at — 734-995-7281 or email: info@annarbor.org

Congratulations Matt and Rene!

I wonder if they are going to serve any ABC beer along with the cocktails….

77 Years Ago Today

If you woke up on May 11, 77 years ago you were about to enjoy your first legal beer in about 15 years. I know if I woke up that morning and had the ability to enjoy a beer without having to worry about doing something illegal I would be pretty excited.

The newspapers were full of stories and I am going to share more of them with you.  The common thread to these articles  is the legal wranglings of the new law.

A reminder to all that Original Gravity will be hosting a special party tonight to celebrate this anniversary. Below are the details…

Michigan Beer Toast & Small Batch Release – 6pm
Michigan ratified the 21st Amendment on April 10, 1933 but still remained a dry state for another month. That is until May 11, 1933 at 6pm when beer went on sale for the first time in about 15 years.

Come celebrate MI beer at OG on Tuesday May 11th with the release of our next Small batch of beer…Hard Ginger Ale! An unhopped brew made with fresh ginger root.

Als0, wear a t-shirt from any MI brewery and recieve $1 off of your pints from 6pm-close! Cheers to MI beer!!!

Here are a few articles that ran on May 11, 1933…

No Beer for Zeeland

Zeeland-Today may mark the return of beer to Michigan, but for Zeeland it’s just May 11. the city council by a vote of 4 to 2, voted against issuing any beer license retailers.

Friends of beer considered resorting to a mandamus action on the grounds that there were no “reasonable grounds,” cited in the attorney general’s ruling for refusing to license retailers.

Wants It Full Strength

Lansing– Govenor Comstock believes the state liquor control commission should insist that beer sold in Michigan must contain the full legal alcoholic content to 3.2 percent.
 
The Govenor said he sampled some of the new beverages in Washington, “I believe both federal and state governments should insist upon the full 3.2 percent” he said.

To Close Blind Pigs

Detroit- John P. Smith, superintendant of police today issued orders to all precinct inspectors to “close and keep closed” every blind pig in Detroit, effective 6 p.m. today, when the new 3.2. beer legally goes on sale.

At the same time Superintendant Smith ordered for strcit supervision of all legal retail beer-selling establishments.

“Now that people have legal beer, I believe they will be willing to help us handle the blind pig situation” he said.

Rules to be Followed

Lansing- Michigan is warned to watch its manner of celebrating the return of legal beer tonight. here are some of the regulations set forth by the stat liquor control comission.

Beer must be sold to a customer while seated at a table. There must be no free beer with food, no bar, no curb service, no free lunch, and no gambling, drunkeness, or idling on the premises.

Beer cannot be sold for consumption between 2 and 7 o’clock in the morning. Customers, however, may order their supply before 2 and continue to imbibe during the hours of prohibition.

Delivery packages must bear the state tax stamps before turned over to retailers. Wholesalers and breweries are not permitted to make deliveries to homes.

Labels must show the alcohol content.

No drinking will be allowed on the highways.

No beer can be sold to persons under 18 years of age.

Encore Article: Advice from Julius Stroh

I’m rerunning an article from last year that was about Julius Stroh and the return of legal beer. I have also included a Stroh’s ad that was running in the local paper in early May of 1933.

Julius Stroh was seventy-seven in 1933 and had been in charge of Stroh’s since 1908. In his time as president, he and his head brewer, Otto Rosenbusch, started  heating the beer in copper kettles with direct fire. A process Otto witnessed at the Municipal Brewery of Pilsen in Bohemia (Urquell). They also built a new brew house that was completed in 1914.

 More importantly, Julius Stroh bought the company time so it would survive prohibition. They got by making pop, malt syrup and, more famously, ice cream. The malt syrup was sold for confectionery purposes but everyone knew it was for homebrewing. The ice cream was very successful and can still be bought today. Although, it is no longer made in Michigan. The most important prohibition product they made and sold was near beer.  It was  called “Temperance Beer”  and it was poor quality .5% beer. The label had the words “serve ice cold” on it which helped mask the taste. One of the big breweries still advertises this today (I don’t want to mention the name of the brewery but Rocky Mountain spring water is involved). Stroh’s had been the only brewery in Detroit that secured a license to sell near beer. Due to the process of  making near beer he had a cellar full of beer waiting for dealcoholization. Because of this, Stroh’s was the only brewery that had beer already in stock when the Volstead Act was amended. This gave them a huge head start on the competition . Stroh’s supplied  Detroit and surrounding areas with its first legal beer in 15 years.

On the eve of legal beer back in 1933, Julius Stroh ran articles about imbibing correctly and in moderation.  I am only speculating, but I imagine he wrote these articles for a few reasons: One, it was good publicity. Two, low quality beer is all  people had been drinking for the last 15 years and the citizens needed to be educated on properly drinking  good beer. Three, it may have been driven by the fear of the future of his business. 3.2 beer was legal in less than half of the states in America, and prohibition was still the law of the land. As of May 11th 1933 (the day the article was printed) only 3 states had voted in the 21st amendment. News of debauchery, alcohol poisonings and deaths might make citizens think twice that ”the noble experiment” (prohibition) needed to end.

The article below is from the May 11, 1933 Monroe Evening News. The rest of the story was supplied by Peter H. Blum and his book “Brewed in Detroit”

Here is the art of drinking beer as revealed by Julius Stroh, brewer, who believes that beer drinking is an art and not a vulgar means of filling your stomach.

“Be temperate in your consumption. Whether it’s beer, buttermilk, soda water or pop too much of it might lead to regrets.”

“Never gulp your beer, because it is bad manners. It should be sipped slowly and leisurely. loss of the carbonic gases and flattening of the head will not affect the flavor.”

“Serve beer in a thin crystal- clear goblet. If you wish to admire its color. Otherwise a heavy mug will do.”

“The container should never be used for milk or beverages containing butterfat or grease. Grease prevents the beverage from coming to a proper head. All glasses should be cleaned with a scrubbing brush or salt.”

“Beer should never be served at a temperature above 50 degrees and below 45 degrees.”

“The size of the collar has nothing to do with the taste. High collars make the glass more inviting in appearance, though not popular with the majority of consumers.”

More Articles From 1933

I found these small filler articles in the newspaper and thought they were worth sharing. I imagine that they were put in the paper to fill a few inches of empty space much like the old David Letterman bit called “Network Time Killers.” Only one has to do with the amended Volstead Act but they are interesting. I’m also adding an explanation of a 1933 cost breakdown of a glass of beer.

The first one I am sharing with you is about a man “accidentally” getting locked in a train car. Can you imagine being locked in a freight car and your only subsidence is 6oo cases of your favorite beer. I can. It is why I always carry a bottle opener on my key chain. In my head it would be a variety of cases from Founder’s. But something goes wrong and I brake my glasses just like Burgess Meredith did in that one Twilight Zone episode. Except in my case it would be beer glasses not reading glasses and my only recourse would be to drink out of the bottle causing me to not  fully enjoy my beer.

Enforced Prisoner Samples the Beer

Waterloo, Iowa, April 26 – In some way Walter Johnson of Milwaukee was locked up in a boxcar with 600 cases of beer, as a train was leaving Milwaukee.

It was two nights later that he was finally released, apparently none the worse for his experience. He admitted sampling some of the product in route to Waterloo, said Jack Bellinger, president of the company to which the cargo was billed.

The next two stories are about beer and the White House. I imagine that during the beer summit a lot of people sent beer to President Obama. It crossed my mind.

Beer Not Barred In White House

Washington, April 3– Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt today issued a statement saying there would be no ban against legalized beer in the White House.

Questions brought out that Mrs. Roosevelt had no intention of permitting beer to be served in the White House until the beer bill for the District of Columbia is enacted.

Roosevelt Bomb Only a Beer Mug

Wilmington, Del. March 29 – A heavy, carefully-wrapped package addressed to President Roosevelt caused a bomb scare in the Wilmington post office.

Handling the bundle gingerly, an employee carried it to Postmaster Abrahams who, seeing his duty, opened it – and removed a one pint copper beer mug. It was repacked and forwarded to Washington.

Here is a small story involving what I can best decribe as an “activist judge” (I jokingly call him that because he does not agree with my point of view.) Obviously I don’t agree with his opinion but his argument makes sense. You can get drunk off of 3.2 beer. Why else would anyone drink Natural Light.

Judge Calls 3.2 law Unconstitutional

Greeley, Colo. May 12– Sweeping aside the opinions of some of the ablest constitutional lawyers in Congress, who aided in drafting the 3.2 percent beer bill, district Judge Claude C. Coffin has declared its passage in violation of the Constitution.

In his decision yesterday, which denied the Greeley Elks Club and Fr0ed N. Fetch, cafe owner, a writ of mandamus which they sought to compel the Greeley city council to issue beer permits. Judge Coffin said the Congressional declaration that 3.2 beer is non-intoxicating is contrary to the “generally known physical facts.”

Fetch said he may appeal the decision.

Congress by legislative action, might state that gasoline is non inflammable but that does not keep it from “burning” the judge said.

May 11, 1933 Newspaper Articles

The funnest thing about researching the end of prohibition is something that you are passionate about is covered much like the oil spell is today. May 11, 1933 is a great example of this, a little less than half of the first page was dedicated completely to beer. And why not? That was the day that brought back  beer. Granted, it was only 3.2 beer. But after 15 years of prohibition, you have to start somewhere. It was the prominent story of the story of the day. The other pages of the paper also had a few small items thrown in too. Like this one.

Beer War Brings Price to 3 Cents

Chicago May 11 – In one district of Chicago beer may be had for three cents a stein.

A price selling war brought the new low price.

I imagine the above beer was Old Style. Back in the day, I used to buy and bring that back by the 30 packs. It cost only $12 for thirty beers!

There are also more involved articles which I plan to share with you over the next few days. The article below is from the AP and ran in the May 11, 1933 Monroe Evening News.

Michigan To End Long Dry Regime At 6 O’clock Today

Detroit Celebrates At Legion Festival

Hall Is Crowded as Thousands Get Pre-Taste of 3.2 Legal Beverage

Lansing May 11 – On a foaming tide of beer, “bone dry” prohibition rode out of existence in Michigan today.

At 6 0’clock tonight bung starters from one end of the state to the other will play taps over a 15- year drought. Licenses to dispense 3.2 alcohol beverages were rushed from the headquarters of the state liquor control commission vendors throughout the state. The only dark spot on the beer cheery horizon was a shortage of tax stamps. The commission insisted they be attached to all packages of beer and wine. They were available only in Lansing and Detroit and many vendors had been unable to secure a supply. A consignment was to be sent to Escanaba, to serve upper peninsula distributors, via airplanes. Despite the insistence of the commission that the revenue stamps be secured, there was evidence beer will flow in almost every community- stamps or no stamps.

Celebrations Planned

Hotels, restaurants and designated merchants had large supplies of the beverage on hand. It was shipped in from other states in freight cars, trucks and by airplane. In many cities gala celebrations were scheduled to usher in the mild mannered Bachus. Rules and regulations adopted by the commission were designed to temper the joviality.

The commission office was busy throughout the night, sending telegrams, granting licenses to those who might not receive their mail on time. William G. Lewis, secretary of the commission, said the licenses were being mailed at a rate of 100 an hour, but the telegrams were used to guard against delay.

While its managing directors were handling details of retail organization, the commission yesterday completed its list of regulations, and heard applications of additional breweries. Temporary permits were issued to the Kolb Brewing Co, Bay City; Upper Michigan Brewing, Iron Mountain; Muskegon Brewing Company, Muskegon; Marx Brewing company, Wyandotte.

The commission temporarily placed responsibility for the cancellation of retail stamps to the retailers. It urged strict cooperation in this move.

Legion Party Jammed

Detroit May 11– Beer of the legal variety goes on sale generally in Michigan at 6p.m. today but it will be an old story to some 30,000 Detroiters who were in at a “preview” last night.

The beer made it’s debut at a “victory” celebration in Convention Hall, with the Wayne county American Legion as host from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. eager and hilarious crowds surged about the huge building to welcome the beverage.

A recapitulation today showed that approximately 300 half barrels and 500 cases of beer were consumed. It would have been more but not nearly everyone who wanted to sample the beer could crowd into the building where 1000 tables were set up for the drinkers.

Party Starts Late

A veritable flood of dimes poured in as the beer flowed out of spigots and bottlenecks but as for the amount of money taken in, the best estimate of the legionnaires was that it was more than they have seen in many a day. The proceeds are dedicated to charity.

After waiting 15 years for beer to come back, there was a 6 minute delay in quaffing the first tumbler. The program called for Colonel Frederick M. Alger, a leader in the anti-prohibition fight, to drink the first glass to be poured by Julius Strohs. But Colonel Alger was four minutes late and it was six minutes after six before the formalities were out of the way.

But once it started there wasn’t any halt until closing time. 

An estimated five thousand persons were in the hall when the waiters, in Legion regalia started their marathon.

A Good Natured Crowd

But by nine o’clock the crowd within the hall had more than doubled. When it seemed that not another could push his way inside police closed the door on an estimated 3000 to 6000 people outside. Impatient against the delay, this crowd surged against police lines, shoving those in the front ranks through the glass in the front doors. No injuries were reported and police said the beer seekers were good natured through it all.

Updated: HOIST ONE FOR HAITI — Arcadia Ales To Donate Saturday Tap Sales To Relief Efforts

http://promotemichigannews.blogspot.com/2010/01/hoist-one-for-haiti-arcadia-ales-to.html

In an effort to raise much needed dollars for the earthquake victims in Haiti, Arcadia Ales in Battle Creek will donate every dollar from on-site tap sales on Saturday, January 16 to relief efforts.

Proceeds to Benefit:
**Doctors Without Border
**Catholic Relief Services
**American Red Cross

Arcadia Ales
103 W. Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, Michigan

SATURDAY HOURS: Noon to 11pm

Wowser, I knew they were awesome, but every dollar?

Update:

MORE THAN $1600 WAS RAISED TO BENEFIT:
Doctors Without Border | Catholic Relief Services | American Red Cross

ON BEHALF OF EVERYONE AT ARCADIA ALES – THANK YOU!

Arcadia Ales
103 W. Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, Michigan

I think Arcadia deserves all the thanks. What a great thing to do.

New Homebrew Club Legislation

 The following is a call for support from Chris Frey about homebrew club legislation…

The short version is that there’s a bill that would allow homebrewers to legally have meetings and competitions at microbreweries and brew pubs, but it needs your support.  Please contact your representative and forward to other Michigan homebrewers to do the same.

As members of homebrew clubs in Michigan, one of the issues we face is where we should meet. A natural place would of course be our local microbrewery or brew pub. We are all passionate supporters of our locally produced Michigan beers, and the symbiosis of homebrewers and local craft brewers has demonstrated time and again to be a great benefit to both, as witnessed by the homebrewing origins of most of today’s craft breweries.

A while back, I contacted the state for a ruling on the permissibility for clubs to bring homebrew to microbreweries and brew pubs for club meetings and competitions. The response was negative, current legislation prohibits this activity.

Not satisfied with the response, I discussed this with various contacts. One, Bob Zukosky, a former Michigan homebrewer who has since moved to Colorado, provided me with Colorado’s model legislation that allows for this type of activity.

I then contacted fellow F.O.R.D. Homebrew club member and State Representative for the 22nd District, Doug Geiss (http://022.housedems.com/), to see what could be done. I shared with him the document that Bob had provided, and Representative Geiss had his staff review it to use as a starting point to draft legislation that will allow our microbrew/brew pub colleagues to host meetings and competitions.

Representative Geiss recently contacted me to let me know that he and State Representative Deb Kennedy (who, along with husband Alex, is a member of the Down River Brewers Guild) introduced House Bill 5613 on December 1st, the contents of which can be viewed at the following link: (http://www.legislature.mi.gov/ documents/ 2009-2010/ billintroduced/ House/htm/ 2009-HIB- 5613.htm

This amends the previous Michigan Liquor Control code that dealt with this issue. In part, it states:
Sec. 1027. (1) Unless otherwise provided by rule of the commission, a person shall not conduct samplings or tastings of any alcoholic liquor for a commercial purpose except at premises that are licensed by the commission for the sale and consumption of alcoholic liquor on the premises.

(2) This section does not prohibit any of the following…
(d) A micro brewer or brew pub from allowing the sampling and consumption on the licensed premise of beer produced by 1 or more home brewers at a meeting of home brewers, or a club composed primarily of home brewers, under the following circumstances:

(I) The sampling or consumption is for the purpose of exhibitions or competitions involving home brewers.
(ii) The beer is served in portions not to exceed 6 ounces.
(iii) No sale of beer is made to members of the general public.
(iv) The participants otherwise comply with applicable state and federal law and applicable regulatory provisions of this act and rules adopted by the commission under this act.

The bill will likely come up for discussion early in January. We need a grass roots effort to have interested parties inform their electorate that they support this legislation. Support would be especially useful from residents in the Oakland County / Rochester Hills area, as this is Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop’s home district (http://www.senate. michigan. gov/2003/ 12.pdf),. Shows of support will increase his awareness of the issue and will likely assist the bill’s passage.

Your support is critical. State laws can be changed if enough people take action and let their lawmakers know how they feel on issues important to them. Please send a letter or an email to your respective State Representative (http://www.house. mi.gov/find_ a_rep.asp) or State Senator (http://www.senate. michigan. gov/SenatorInfo/ find-your- senator.htm).

Points to mention are:

The strong support local homebrewers provide by selecting and purchasing Michigan produced beers.
How homebrewers act as ambassadors to local microbreweries and brew pubs, and doing so much to support the jobs and products of these local businesses.
Microbreweries and Brew Pubs support homebrew clubs in kind with gifts, financial support, and would like to offer space for meetings.
Virtually all commercial microbreweries and brewpubs hire brewers who have learned via homebrewing.
By more closely aligning ourselves with these local merchants, they can continue to be inspired by trends and endeavors in the homebrew community.
Homebrewing competitions are often judged at brewpubs and should not be illegal in the State of Michigan.
Homebrewers are changing the nature of brewing, and striving to save the world’s ancient brewing styles
Let’s pull together and help get these amendments passed. A strong beer culture in the form of a homebrewing community is the underpinning of the thriving craft beer movement in our state, a proven source of entrepreneurship and living wage jobs.

Sincerely,
Chris Frey
 

House Small Brewers Caucus

The AHA is asking for help from American beer lovers. They are asking you to write your U.S. House Representative and ask him to join House Small Brewers Caucus. Below is the action alert along with the form letter to send out to your Representative.

Support the Community of Beer Enthusiasts
and Small Brewers-
Contact Your Congressional Representative

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.

Charlie Papazian
Charlie Signature
President, Brewers Association

Gary Glass

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)

District Representative District Representative
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
MO-03 Russ Carnahan    

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.

Sincerely,