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PENNSYLVANIA REPS SUPPORT 'GREAT AMERICAN BEER WEEK'; MEASURE RECOGNIZES 171,000 JOBS IN PENNSYLVANIA CREATED BY U.S. INDUSTRY

 WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's beer industry, which creates over 171,000 jobs in the state, got a boost of appreciation last week from U.S. Reps. William Clinger (R-Pa.), Tim Holden (D-Pa.), and John Murtha Jr. (D-Pa.), who support a bipartisan measure in Congress lauding the economic, environmental and "good works" contributions of the industry.
 The legislation, designating Oct. 3-10, as "Great American Beer Week," recognizes the long-standing traditions of the brewing industry in American life. It was introduced last Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Rep. Dan Schaefer (R-Colo.). Clinger, Holden and Murtha are original co-sponsors of the measure.
 "This is a long-overdue recognition of an all-American industry. We truly appreciate the efforts of Congressmen Bill Clinger, Tim Holden and John Murtha on our behalf," said Peter H. Coors, CEO of Coors Brewing Company and chairman of the Beer Institute in Washington.
 The Beer Institute is the brewers' trade association. Beer Institute membership includes Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Miller Brewing Company and Coors Brewing Company, among others. Together, its members account for more than 90 percent of the beer made in the United States.
 While the House resolution points out the 2.7 million jobs provided for by brewers in the manufacturing, retailing, agricultural, packaging, distribution, trucking/rail and other industrial sectors, the U.S. beer industry has an even broader economic impact. This is particularly evident when considering all employees in the brewing and beer distribution system.
 According to figures provided by the Beer Institute, some 6.8 million U.S. jobs are impacted by the beer industry; over 179,000 in Pennsylvania alone.
 Roughly 7,600 of those jobs are in Holden's Sixth Congressional District; 6,650 are in the Fifth District (Clinger); and another 6,200 are in Murtha's 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.
 The Stroh Brewery Company in Allentown, Latrobe Brewing Company and Pittsburgh Brewing Company are significant employers in the state. The increase of small- and mid-sized brewers, such as Arrowhead Brewing Company in Chambersburg, Braumeisters, Ltd., in Drezel Hill, Dock Street Brewing Company in Bala Cynwyd, Jones Brewing Company in Smithon, Pennsylvania Brewing Company in Pittsburgh, the Straub Brewery, Inc., in St. Mary's, The Lion, Inc., in Wilkes-Barre, and D.G. Yuengling & Sons, Inc., in Pottsville, represent a nationwide trend and surge in small/microbrewers and specialty beers. D.G. Yuengling & Sons, Inc., is the oldest brewer in America.
 The Great American Beer Week resolution also mentions the environmental and philanthropic contributions of the nation's brewers, including their recent efforts to distribute bottled water to flood victims in the Midwestern states. The Stroh Brewery Company was one of the first brewers to provide emergency relief to Midwest flood victims.
 With 37 co-sponsors, the resolution has growing support in the U.S. House of Representatives. Besides Schaefer, Clinger, Holden and Murtha, other original co-sponsors include Reps. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.), Cass Ballenger (R-N.C.), James Barcia (D-Mich); Thomas Barrett (D-Wis.); Herbert Bateman (R-Va.), Michael Bilirakis (R-Fla.), Thomas Bliley (R-Va.), Peter Blute (R-Mass.), John Boehner (R-Ohio), Sam Coppersmith (D-Ariz.), Christopher Cox (R-Calif.), Chet Edwards (D-Texas), richard Gephardt (D-Mo.); Steve Gunderson (R-Wis.), John Kasich (R-Ohio), Herbert Klein (R-N.J.); Peter King (R-N.Y.), David Levy (R-N.Y.), Bob Livingston (R-La.), Matthew Martinez (D-Calif.), Bill McCollum (R-Fla.), Scott McInnis (R-Colo.), Frank Pallone (D-N.J.); Jack Quinn (R-N.Y.), Thomas Petri (R-Wis.), Arthur Ravenel Jr. (R-S.C.), Bill Richardson (D- N.M.), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Bill Sarpalius (D-Texas), Jim Saxton (R-N.J.), Norman Sisiky (D-Va.), Charles Taylor (R-N.C.); Bruce F. Vento (D-Minn.) and James T. Walsh (R-N.Y.).
 Similar legislation will be introduced in the U.S. Senate.
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 /CONTACT: Kirsten Fedewa of the Beer Institute, 202-737-2337/


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