California Senate Declares February Craft Beer Month

Hooray for California craft beer! Earlier this morning the Senate passed resolution SCR 66 on a 36-0 vote declaring February Craft Beer Month in California. The passage came appropriately enough at the beginning of Sacramento Beer Week Festivities. Sen. Ellen Corbett introduced the resolution. Tom McCormick, executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association was on hand along with Steve Swinford of Rubicon Brewing and Jan-Erik D. Paino of Ruhstaller.

The resolution is a symbolic acknowledgement of the craft beer industry and the historic role California has played in its evolution nationwide. It also emphasizes the economic impact of the industry in the state. Below is the complete text of SCR 66.

Update: There was some speculation online today that the resolution was only official for 2012. The California Brewers Association has confirmed that this is not the case. California Craft Beer Month will be acknowledged every year, not just in 2012.

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.