Hundreds show up to drink free beer on Capitol Hill
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It’s amazing how free beer can attract a crowd.

More than 300 people, including lawmakers and congressional staffers, tasted more than two dozen beers on Tuesday evening.

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The third annual “Barley Brews & Boot” event, which was held in the Hart Senate Office Building, was hosted by the National Barley Growers Association and the Beer Institute.

We’re told Sen. Jon TesterJon TesterCongress should act on measure to help Medicare, small businesses GOP senators distance themselves from House ObamaCare repeal bill Senators introduce lifetime lobbying ban for lawmakers MORE (D-Mont.) and Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) showed up to sample some brews.

The happy gathering was aimed at highlighting the BEER Act, which would reduce excise taxes for all brewers and beer importers. Proponents of the bipartisan legislation note that about 40 percent of what consumers pay for beer goes to taxes.

The push is now on for more co-sponsors. Tester is already on board, but Collins hasn’t put his name on the House bill — at least not yet.