February 2012 Declared California Craft Beer Month

Posted by Darryl | Craft Beer, Educate Me, Holidays, News | Posted on February 23rd, 2012

Today, the California State Senate passed resolution SCR 66 which declares February as “California Craft Beer Month”. When I say “today” I mean February 23, 2012; so enjoy your 6 remaining days of California Craft Beer Month.

Supported on the record in the Senate by the California Small Brewers AssociationDrake’s Brewing Company (San Leandro), and Triple Rock Brewery (Berkeley), the bill was introduced on Feb. 16, 2012, amended on Feb. 21, 2012, and passed the senate with a vote of 36-0!

While it may seem like a small thing considering that the resolution was passed so late in the month, the resolution does an excellent job of documenting and pointing out the significant impact to the Craft Beer industry that have taken place in California.

You can find the full content of SCR 66 below, or at the Official California Legislative Information website. But, some of significant things that the bill puts on the record about the California Craft Beer Industry:

  • In 1965 Fritz Maytag acquired the Anchor Brewing Co. and began brewing authentic, handcrafted beers, igniting the craft beer movement
  • The first microbrewery opening in 1977 in Sonoma
  • The second largest craft brewer in the country (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company) was founded in Chico, CA in 1979 and kicked-off a nationwide movement
  • Three of the country’s first five brewpubs were opened in California — 2nd: (1983) Mendocino Brewery in Hopland, 3rd: (1984) Buffalo Bill’s in Hayward, 5th: (1986) Triple Rock Brewery in Berkeley — after AB3610 removed the restriction on on-premises sales of craft beer in 1977
  • The craft beer industry creates over 17,000 jobs in the state
  • The California craft beer industry creates more revenue for the state and federal governments than ANY OTHER industry!!
  • There are more breweries in California than in any other state
  • California craft breweries are known internationally for the quality of their beer
  • California craft brewers win more medals annually at beer competitions than brewers in other states
  • The craft beer industry is strongly committed in its implementation of sustainable practices
  • The industry is a leader in the stewardship of natural resources and California’s environment

It’s great the state legislature has recognized the outstanding contributions that craft brewers in California have made; not just to the industry but to the State as a whole. Thank you legislatures. Now lets go grab a California Craft Beer!!

BILL NUMBER: SCR 66	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN SENATE  FEBRUARY 21, 2012

INTRODUCED BY   Senator Corbett
    (   Principal coauthor:   Senator 
 La Malfa   ) 
    (  Coauthor:   Senator   Evans   ) 

                        FEBRUARY 16, 2012

   Relative to California Craft Brewery Month.

	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST

   SCR 66, as amended, Corbett. California Craft Brewery Month.
   This measure would proclaim the month of February 2012 as
California Craft Brewery Month.
   Fiscal committee: no.

   WHEREAS, California is the birthplace of the craft brewing
movement, when Fritz Maytag acquired the Anchor Brewing Company in
1965 and began brewing authentic  ,  handcrafted
beers; and
   WHEREAS, California is the home of the first microbrewery,
beginning with Jack McAuliffe who built a small brewery in Sonoma
from scratch, and began selling New Albion ales in 1977; and
   WHEREAS, The second largest craft brewer in the country, Sierra
Nevada Brewing Company, was founded in Chico, California, in 1979,
and spurred the craft brewery movement around the country; and
   WHEREAS, In 1977, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 3610
to amend the state's tied-house laws to remove the restriction on
on-premises sales of craft beer. Following this change in law,
California became home to three of the first five brewpubs in
America; and
   WHEREAS, The second brewpub in America was opened by the Mendocino
Brewery in Hopland, California; the third brewpub, opened in
September 1984, was Buffalo Bill's in Hayward, California; and the
fifth, opened by John Martin in March 1986, was Triple Rock Brewery
in Berkeley, California; and
   WHEREAS, The California craft brewery industry has an annual
impact of $500 million on the state's economy in direct wages and
benefits; and
   WHEREAS, The California craft brewery industry creates more than
17,000 jobs, which in turn creates billions of dollars in positive
economic impact; and
   WHEREAS, The California craft brewery industry creates more
revenue for the state and federal governments than many other
industries, generating more than $36 million in taxes in 2010; and
   WHEREAS, California now has more breweries than any other state in
the country, including over 280 small, independently owned craft
breweries; and
   WHEREAS, California is now known and recognized internationally
for the quality of its craft breweries. Year after year, Californian
breweries win more medals at the World Beer Cup, the largest
international beer competition in the world, and the Great American
Beer Festival, the largest beer competition in the United States,
than breweries found in other states; and
   WHEREAS, Brewery tourism is increasingly popular and contributes
to the economic impact of the state's tourism industry; and
   WHEREAS, The California craft brewery industry is a leader in the
stewardship of natural resources and the environment  ,  and has made a major commitment to implement sustainable
practices that are environmentally sound, including some of the
largest solar arrays in the private sector, and the use of fuel cells
and other innovative conservation techniques and processes; and
   WHEREAS, Despite the challenges of intense global competition, the
state's craft brewery industry is strong and growing, and is a major
contributor to the economic vitality of California; now, therefore,
be it
   Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby proclaims the month
of February 2012 as California Craft Brewery Month; and be it further

   Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this
resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.
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