Merkley-Wyden Bill Would Boost Brewers

WASHINGTON — Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden cosponsored legislation Wednesday that will encourage job growth by reducing the beer excise tax on American small brewers.

“Oregon’s brewers are a valuable part of our state’s economy and culture,” Merkley said. “They employ thousands of Oregonians and brew beers recognized the world over for their quality and flavor. This bill is an opportunity to create jobs while supporting Oregonians who take immense pride in their craft and brew a darn good pint of beer.”

The over 1,500 small breweries that operate in America employ nearly 100,000 people, generate more than $3 billion in wages and benefits and pay more than $2.3 billion in business, personal and consumption taxes.

Oregon is home to 77 brewing companies and Portland has more 33 microbreweries within its city limits, more than any other city in the world. The overall economic impact of breweries in Oregon alone is $2.3 billion.