Who We Are

The Beer Institute, based in Washington, D.C., represents the $331 billion beer industry – an industry that includes 6,600 brewers and more than 2 million American jobs. The Beer Institute is a national trade association for the American brewing industry, representing both large and small brewers, as well as beer importers and industry suppliers. As one of the oldest trade associations in the United States, the Beer Institute is celebrating its 160th year.

The United States Brewers Association (USBA) was founded in 1862 to aid the U.S. government in collecting excise taxes assessed on beer to fund the Civil War. Since then, the USBA – now the Beer Institute – has seen the landscape change from Prohibition to the doubling of excise tax on beer in the 1990s to the explosion of craft breweries in the 2000s. Our team is dedicated to ensuring brewers and beer importers can operate freely and grow responsibly by representing the beer industry before Congress, state legislatures and public forums across the country.


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