Senator Steve Daines today announced efforts to promote the growth of small craft breweries in Montana.

Daines sponsored the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act - which reduces the excise taxes on beer, wine, and distilled spirits.

“Montana is home to a vibrant craft brewing industry that supports our robust barley growers and creates more good-paying jobs,” Daines stated. “I’m proud to support commonsense efforts and stand with our small brewers to help them grow their businesses in Montana’s communities.”

Daines recently joined the bipartisan Senate Small Brewers Caucus, established in June 2011 -- provide a forum for members of the Senate and their staffs to discuss the issues important to small brewers while exploring what lawmakers can do to strengthen the growth and role of these small businesses in local economies across the country.