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Craft breweries rally, lobbying for a tax break

Industry group tells Congress jobs would follow

WASHINGTON — Craft beer brewers marched on Washington last week for their industry’s first conference in the nation’s capital. They were there to engage in a local pastime that goes pint in hand with drinking: lobbying. As part of the conference, hundreds of small-scale brewers met with congressional staff members to press for a tax cut that they say would make it easier for them to brew more beer and hire more workers.

“For every 31 gallons that we brew, $7 goes to Uncle Sam,’’ said Jeff Hancock, a cofounder of DC Brau, one of five craft breweries that have opened in the District of Columbia and its close suburbs in the past two years.

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