Jim McGreevy and Bob Pease Named as Persons of the Year at Brewbound Session

Beer Institute: Jim McGreevy Named Person of the Year by Brewbound


WASHINGTON, DC — Brewbound, a leading media platform covering the beer industry, yesterday recognized Jim McGreevy, president and CEO of the Beer Institute, and Bob Pease, CEO of the Brewers Association, as Persons of the Year during its San Diego Session. The Brewbound Person of the Year Award recognizes its recipient(s) for their outstanding achievement and leadership in the U.S. brewing industry. 2015 marks the second annual Brewbound awards ceremony.

Brewbound jointly awarded McGreevy and Pease the Person of the Year Award in honor of their work to unite all brewers and beer importers under one federal excise tax bill, bringing the entire industry together over the common goal of recalibrating the federal excise tax on beer. In June, both groups welcomed the introduction of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, which, if enacted, would create a fair, equitable and comprehensive tax structure for brewers and beer importers, while modernizing antiquated regulations.

“I am honored to receive this award and pleased to share it with my colleague, Bob Pease,” said McGreevy. “Together, our associations and their member companies are working toward a fairer tax code that allows the brewing industry to create jobs and grow the U.S. economy. If enacted, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act could create an additional $320 million in economic growth. This commonsense legislation is about fostering economic expansion as it benefits all brewers big and small.”

In addition to support from the entire brewing industry, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act also enjoys broad, bipartisan support in both the United States House of Representatives and Senate. As of December 4, 2015, the bill has 138 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and 29 co-sponsors in the Senate.

The Beer Institute is a national trade association for the American brewing industry, representing both large and small brewers, as well as importers and industry suppliers. First founded in 1862 as the U.S. Brewers Association, the Beer Institute is committed today to the development of sound public policy and to the values of civic duty and personal responsibility: www.BeerInstitute.org. Connect with us @BeerInstitute and on Facebook.

Brewers Association: Bob Pease Named Person of the Year by Brewbound

BOULDER, CO —Bob Pease, chief executive officer of the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—has been named co-winner of Brewbound’s Person of the Year award. Pease shared the recognition with Jim McGreevy, president and chief executive officer of the Beer Institute, for their co-efforts bringing the beer industry together around the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act.

Under the direction of Pease and McGreevy, the Brewers Association and Beer Institute have been working closely together to pass the bipartisan legislation, which was introduced in the Senate by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and the House by Representatives Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Ron Kind (D-WI). The comprehensive bill provides fair and equitable reform of the federal excise tax on beer. If enacted, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act will provide much needed tax relief to all brewers and beer importers, fostering economic development and job growth in the country.

“This accolade means a lot coming from Brewbound, especially given how important the tax issue is to small and independent brewers across the country,” said Pease. “We can all agree now is the time to help this industry and the economy. Together with the Beer Institute, the brewing community as a whole will continue our efforts to recalibrate the federal excise tax.”

Brewbound is dedicated to covering the rapidly evolving craft beer industry. Their annual awards program seeks to recognize the business initiatives of brewers across the Unites States and rewards companies for their execution of philanthropic, sales and marketing efforts, new products rollouts and more. Winners were announced at Brewbound Session, a full-day leadership conference held on Dec. 3 in San Diego, Calif.

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSM, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, AHA National Homebrewers Conference, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers. 

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