On Thursday, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) visited the Tap and Growler in Eugene to talk about his role in defeating two federal agencies from making these changes.
One was a rule that would basically overturn Oregon’s use of wine growlers.
The other was the FDA’s threat to spent grain and the by-product exchange between breweries and farmers. Wyden says these federal agencies didn’t realize the dramatic impact it would have on Oregon businesses.
“The real problem is that they weren’t going out and talking with establishments like this. They weren’t talking to the businesses that make these growlers,” Wyden said.
Wyden also says these bans would have affected thousands of jobs.