July 02, 2010

NEWS CONFERENCE, Monday, July 5, 10:30 a.m. Senator Ron Wyden, Local Brewery Owners, Hops Growers and Equipment Manufacturers on Creating More Jobs by Lowering Federal Taxes on Craft Beer

On July 6, Wyden will visit Food for Lane County Summer Food Program

Portland, OR – Senator Ron Wyden, owners of craft breweries in the Willamette Valley, hops growers and other suppliers will hold a news conference on at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 5, 2010, on legislation to lower the federal tax on craft beer. Wyden is co-sponsoring legislation that will cut the tax on craft beer in order to stimulate investment and job growth. Craft brewing is a $2.3 billion business in Oregon, employing 4,700 people.

                Who:                     Oregon Senator Ron Wyden;

Owners of local breweries, including Ninkasi, Oakshire, Block 15 and others; Representatives of the Oregon Hops Growers Association; Indie Hops, local brewing equipment manufacturers, and OSU Fermentation Science/Hops Research Programs


                What:                   News conference on legislation to lower taxes on craft beer


                When:                  10:30 a.m., Monday, July 5, 2010


                Where:                Ninkasi Brewing Company, 272 Van Buren Street, Eugene, (541) 344-2739


At noon on Tuesday, July 6, Wyden will visit the Food for Lane County and distribute lunches at the Summer Food Program. Food for Lane County is located at the Boys and Girls Club at 1545 W. 22nd Ave., in Eugene. With school out for the summer, many children of low-income families still need a healthy meal each day. Senator Wyden will talk about the need for Congress to reauthorize school nutrition programs this year. Contact Karen Roth, director of Summer Food Program 541-343-2822.