Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Beer and politics

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM

This post covers some news regarding President Obama's home brews, Big Sky Brewing, and the increasing possibility of shipping local beer via the United States Postal Service. Clearly, these are vital topics that local readers need to know about. All come from a recent Politico article that focused on beer's considerable influence inside the Beltway.

We'll cover each one in reverse order:

1. To help increase USPS revenue, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced a bill last week that would allow USPS to ship wine and beer. The 21st Century Postal Service Act, which is co-sponsored by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.), aims to increase USPS revenue and capitalize on the growing craft brewery market.

Can you imagine the requests from Missoula expats wanting shipments of Cold Smoke and Dump Truck Summer Bock?

2. The Senate Small Brewers Caucus met last month over beers from Big Sky Brewing. This is a direct result of Sen. Max Baucus being co-chair of the caucus. Montana's senior senator has been a proponent of small brewers, including them in his Montana Jobs Economic Engine Initiative and touting the fact Montana has the second-highest number of small breweries per capita in the nation. It's worth noting Rep. Denny Rehberg is on the House version of the same caucus.

One suggestion: Perhaps Baucus and Rehberg can influence state laws that put an unnecessary cap on otherwise thriving local brewers.

3. Did you know the White House brews its own beer? This isn't local, or new, but it's still cool. It started a year ago, and there are three varieties to date: White House Honey Ale, White House Honey Blonde Ale and White House Honey Porter. Even cooler: The beehive that supplies the honey is located on White House grounds.

Read more at Politico.

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