Buffalo Brewers Excited Over New Proposed Bill

January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 7:25 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 7:25 PM EDT

Buffalo brewers excited over a new proposed bill by Senator Charles Schumer.

Today, Schumer visited Pearl Street Grill & Brewery in Downtown Buffalo to introduce the Small BREW (Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce) Act. The proposed legislation will cut the excise tax on small breweries in half, helping small brewers in Erie County reinvest in their business.

“Most of these guys are going to take the tax cut and invest it. The amount of money will buy new equipment, new employees…leading to more beer sold,” said New York State Senator Charles Schumer.

Buffalo is becoming a hub for breweries, as New York State ranks fifth for craft beer. Many of the breweries that are open are expanding, and new ones are coming to town. Owners say this new bill will help tremendously.

“All the money that we can save by not having to pay these excise taxes we can put right into our business,” said owner of new Resurgence Brewery Jeff Ware. “It’s a great opportunity for us as a small startup to take the money we're making and put it right back into our business.”

Schumer hopes that the bill makes Buffalo a brewing destination.

“When you go to Niagara Falls don't just go to the Falls, come here to Buffalo and go on a brew tour,” said Senator Charles Schumer.

“If we can build a really vibrant brewing community here, people will come for that and then stay for more,” said Ethan Cox, Owner of Community Beer Works.