McGovern Small Business Tour to Highlight Mass. Craft Breweries

WORCESTER, MA – On Friday, October 27th at 10:15am, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) will kick off his first-ever small business tour of Central and Western Massachusetts to highlight the growth and success of local craft breweries across the region.

Participants: Joining Congressman McGovern on the tour will be local brewers and beer distributors as well as leaders and representatives from local chambers of commerce, regional tourism councils, Trip Advisor, Yelp, AAA, Craft Brewery Association, and Western MA Beer Week.

Congressman McGovern will discuss his work support craft brewers, the role they play in growing our economy, and his work to pass the bipartisan H.R. 747, the Promote Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017. This bipartisan bill would reduce the federal excise tax to $3.50 per barrel on the first 60,000 barrels for domestic brewers producing fewer than 2 million barrels annually. It would also reduce the amount domestic brewers pay from 60,001‐2 million to $16 per barrel or reduce the federal excise tax to $16 per barrel on the first 6 million barrels for all other brewers and all beer importers. 


10:15AM – 11:00AM – Tour of Valley Malt, 4 Cemetery Rd., Hadley
11:30AM – 12:15PM – Tour of Berkshire Brewing Co., 12 Railroad St., South Deerfield
12:45PM – 1:30PM – Tour of Honest Weight Brewery, 131 West Main St., Orange
2:00PM – 3:15PM – Roundtable/Lunch at Stone Cow Brewery, 500 West Street, Barre
3:45PM – 4:30PM – Tour of Wormtown Brewery, 72 Shrewsbury St., Worcester
5:00PM – 5:45PM – Tour of Kretschmann Brewing Co., 9 Frederick St., Webster


$1.83 Billion in Economic Impact (Ranked 14th in U.S.)
16,220 jobs with average $49,008 salary per employee supported by craft breweries
110 Craft Breweries in Massachusetts (Ranked 17th State in U.S.)
2.2 Breweries Per Capita
611,341 Barrels of Craft Beer Produced per Year (Ranked 12th in U.S.)

Sources: Brewers Association, Economic Impact