House Republicans have been traveling the state as part of the #MIBrewingJobs tour, promoting legislation recently passed in the House impacting Michigan microbreweries and brewpubs. These tours gave the lawmakers a firsthand look at a growing industry in Michigan, and also allowed them to see how immediate of an effect this legislation will have on job providers.
Reps. Joe Haveman, R-Holland, and Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville, visited New Holland Brewing in Holland on Wednesday, Nov. 20, meeting with company president Brett VanderKamp.
On Friday, Nov. 22, Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker, visited several local breweries, with Rep. Peter MacGregor, R-Cannon Township, joining him for most of the day.
At Rockford Brewing Company, VerHeulen and MacGregor, a sponsor of one of the bills, talked with co-owner Brien Dews about how peeling back regulations on the craft beer industry will allow it to continue to grow and create jobs in Michigan. Dews specifically mentioned the positive impact the craft beer industry has had on the agriculture and tourism industries, referring to the area from Holland to Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo as the “Beermuda Triangle”, which is now becoming a popular destination for tourists.
The pair also made stops at Cellar Brewing Co., Perrin Brewing and Osgood Brewing. Along the way the same theme was echoed at each stop: by government getting out of the way, continued expansion of the craft beer industry will create more jobs in Michigan.
On tap next, Reps. Greg MacMaster, R-Kewadin, and Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant and a sponsor of one of the other bills in the package, will be traveling to Bellaire to visit Short’s Brewing Company to talk with them about their plans to expand and add jobs as soon as the legislation becomes law.
Following that tour, we will be releasing a series of videos documenting the tours and highlighting the positive impact of this legislation on a growing industry in our state.