Know Your Legislator : (Before You Need to Know your Legislator)

"Know your legislator before you need to know your legislator." That was the sage advice given by Brett Joyce, president of Rogue Ales, who spoke on a panel moderated by Crown guv affairs vet Jim Ryan at the Beer Institute meeting this week. Brett spoke on how a coalition of small brewers, big brewers, distributors, and retailers defeated a potentially devastating 1,200% state excise tax increase in Oregon on beer. "We stuck together," said Brett, "and most importantly, nobody broke off to cut deals" with the state

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