The Brewers of America (BA) is pushing back against President Donald Trump’s efforts to make beer the national beverage.
“I don’t think he has the authority to take away our right to grow our own beer,” BAA president Brian McInnis said in an interview with the New York Times.
“He has the power to take us out of the United States market and force us to import our own product,” he added.
“And that’s a threat to the livelihoods of millions of American families.”
McInnis’ remarks come on the heels of Trump’s announcement that he plans to sign a bill into law on Tuesday that would create a new federal agency tasked with regulating the U.S. beer industry.
The bill would create an agency that would oversee all aspects of the beer industry including packaging, labeling, sales, production and distribution.
The bill also calls for a ban on imports of beer from countries that have been convicted of human rights violations.
A spokesperson for the Brewers Association, which represents more than 300 craft brewers, told Breitbart News that the group believes that the legislation is a threat that will negatively impact beer consumers.
“We believe that the President’s plan to eliminate the ability to grow craft beer is an irresponsible attempt to make it harder for craft brewers to thrive in the U, our country, and to thrive as consumers,” said the spokesperson, John Coats.
“The bill will likely result in fewer craft brewers being able to offer their products in the marketplaces they do operate,” the spokesperson continued.
“We also believe that it will lead to a decrease in sales and distribution, resulting in fewer jobs for American workers.”
For the past decade, craft brewers have been building up their business, and this legislation will make it much harder for them to do so.
We urge the President to listen to craft brewers and work with them to ensure that the brewing industry remains vibrant, healthy, and profitable.
“The legislation has received support from the American Brewers Guild, which has said that it supports the move to regulate the beer sector.”
The bill has been in the works since November when McInnes, along with several other leaders of the brewing community, met with Trump in the Oval Office to discuss the brewing sector.”
This legislation will give the United State a greater chance at competing with the rest of the world and helping craft brewers compete with global players.”
The bill has been in the works since November when McInnes, along with several other leaders of the brewing community, met with Trump in the Oval Office to discuss the brewing sector.
According to McInns spokesperson, the group is working with industry leaders to make the legislation work, and hopes to have it passed by Congress by March.
The Brewers Association has a $15 billion budget that covers the cost of beer production, marketing, distribution and distribution through its members.
In the past, the organization has supported a number of pro-industry measures, including a proposal to ban the importation of beer that has since been rejected by the Federal Trade Commission.