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Craft beer brewers head to Washington, D.C.

ALEXANDRIA, VA (NBC) -

For adults who drink alcoholic beverages, beer is more popular than wine or liquor, according to the latest Gallup poll.

But one in five beer drinkers prefer what are sometimes called micro brews or craft beers.

"People are willing to pay more for something that tastes better. And once people taste the good stuff, they don't go back," says Bill Butcher of Port City Brewery in Colorado.

More than 75 craft brewers from all over America are going to Washington, D.C. this weekend.

They're in town to demonstrate how well food and craft beers go together and they're also visiting Capitol Hill.

"Small brewers pay an exorbitant level of federal excise taxes so it's an additional tax on each barrel of beer that they produce," says Barbara Fusco, Brewers Association spokesperson.

The Brewers Association says they've found nothing but bipartisan support for the craft brewing movement.

There are almost 3,500 craft breweries in the U.S. right now. Sales are up 22 percent over last year.

The Brewers Association says the majority of Americans live within ten miles of a local brewery.

Click here to find out where the craft or micro breweries are near where you live.

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