Beer Institute Names Gardner a 2019 Beer Champion

Washington, D.C. – The Beer Institute announced U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) as one of the Beer Institute’s “2019 Beer Champions.” Gardner was selected for his leadership in championing policies that provide tax relief for all brewers and beer importers and encourage free trade.


“Colorado’s beer industry provides 73,000 jobs, $3.8 billion in wages, and $13.6 billion in economic output to our state’s economy and is part of our state’s identity and culture,” said Senator Gardner. “It’s important that Washington doesn’t stand in the way of its continued success. I’m proud to fight for policies to help brewers grow, create jobs, and boost communities across the four corners of Colorado and throughout our country.”


“America’s brewers and importers are pleased to honor Senator Gardner. His tireless effort to build support for policies enable our nation’s breweries and beer importers to continue to innovate, hire more employees and contribute $328 billion to our nation’s economy,” said Jim McGreevy, President and CEO of the Beer Institute. “I look forward to continuing to work with him on issues that will allow brewers and beer importers of all sizes to brew America’s favorite alcohol beverage – beer.”


Colorado is home to 523 breweries, and the beer industry helps create 73,000 jobs in the state.


The Beer Institute is a national trade association for the American brewing industry, representing brewers of all sizes, as well as beer importers and industry suppliers. First founded in 1862 as the U.S. Brewers Association, the Beer Institute is committed to the development of sound public policy and to the values of civic duty and personal responsibility.




 Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.