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Beer and Politics

If it combines beer and politics, you can be sure that Ryan Tiberius Krill will be in attendance. (No, that’s not actually his middle name.)

He was in DC this past week for the Guild’s annual Chamber Walk, an informal meeting with NJ’s federal and state legislators.

“It’s definitely more about beer than politics,” Ryan tells us. “It’s a way for the Guild to thank our legislators for the hard work they put in all year, for us and for the people of New Jersey.”

Held at the Marriott Wardman Park, it was the fourth year Ryan’s headed down there for the Chamber Walk, and “this year was the best,” according to Ryan.

Senator Booker and Senator Menendez were both in attendance, as well as six Congressmen and Phil Murphy — the current frontrunner to become New Jersey’s next governor.

Senator Booker loves Cape May, but, since he’s the model of health and fitness in the Senate, he doesn’t drink. Ryan’s working on that — at least enough to get him down to the brewery.

However, even though the night was meant to be more social than political, Ryan never wastes a chance to talk up New Jersey’s breweries to our elected officials — and the only thing he wanted to talk about was the CBMTRA — the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act.

During the last session of Congress, all of New Jersey’s Congressmen and Senators signed on as co-sponsors of the bill, but with the new session that began in 2017, all of that work begins anew.

“My goal is to have everyone signed on,” Ryan says, “and we’re on target to have everybody back.”

Sweet! New Jersey’s elected officials have been looking out for us little guys, and we couldn’t be more proud that these fourteen people are tirelessly working on our behalf.

Well… not all that “tirelessly.” They did take some time out of their busy schedules to have some of the best beer New Jersey has to offer. Thankfully, there are some perks to the otherwise thankless job of being in Congress.

Ryan was back in DC this week to speak at USBevX and will be back down for the BA’s Hill Climb in April.

In the meantime, check out some of his pictures below!

Ryan and Senator Cory Booker
Ryan and Rep. Tom MacArthur
Ryan and Rep. Donald Norcross and Eric Orlando of Kaufman Zita
Ryan and Rep. Leonard Lance
Ryan and State Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez
Ryan and Assemblymen VanDrew and Andrejczak