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DC Recap

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Last week was a busy week at CMBC — at least off-site. Between Philly Beer Week, SAVOR DC, and the Guild’s Hill Climb, we were really all over the place. We’ve got the top five goings-on in DC for you below.

1. SAVOR DC

Man, was this a blast! SAVOR DC was all about food and beer — and, let’s face it, those two things pretty much make the world go ’round. Brewers Association Executive Chef Adam Dulye paired each of the 75 participating breweries’ brews with a special concoction — pairing Shrimp and Grits with Coastal Evacuation and a Nordic dish of sardines, buttered radishes, rye, hardboiled egg, and chives with Devil’s Reach. “There were so many small bites and they were all so decadent,” says Ryan. “It’s hard to say one was the best.”

IMG_79062. RYAN BENDS THE EAR OF SOME HEAVY-HITTERS

While in DC for the Hill Climb, Ryan got to talk to some of the heavy-hitters in the brewing industry, including Sam Calagione from Dogfish Head, Rob Todd of Alagash, and Jim Koch of Sam Adams. “It was great!”

3. HILL CLIMB

Wearing his “Guild Hat” as the president of the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild, Ryan had the chance to trot up Capitol Hill to talk to some of our legislators about the Craft Brewer’s Modernization Act.  “It was a great chance to tell our success story.”

4. MEETINGS, MEETINGS EVERYWHERE

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The bill has 11 co-sponsors in New Jersey and 222 co-sponsors nationwide, but Ryan took the chance to change a few more minds. Ryan had eight meetings with Congressmen and Senators and dropped in on six more.  “I was exhausted but I wanted to make sure I got to EVERY office.”

5. ECONOMIC IMPACT REPORT

We put together an Economic Impact Report for Ryan to share with the New Jersey delegation. Each factsheet had general information on the front with specialized information for each district on the back. “It was a smash hit and really popular at the national guilds gathering meeting afterwards.”

BONUS: RYAN’S FAVORITE PART

“There’s a mini train that goes between the Capitol building and the Senate and Congressional offices. SO COOL!” He’s trying to hitch a ride, but it may just have to wait until he’s elected to Congress.

Yes, the most powerful men in the world ride this little train that looks like it just came around the corner of Mister Roger's Neighborhood
Yes, the most powerful men in the world ride this little train that looks like it just came around the corner of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood