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P-R PHOTO/KIM SMITH DEDAM Master brewer and founder of Lake Placid Pub & Brewery Chris Ericson (left) explains various aspects of craft beer making to Sen. Charles Schumer during a tour of the firm's Lake Placid headquarters Friday. Congressman Bill Owens joined Schumer in announcing the Small Brew Act, a proposed federal law that would cut excise taxes on barrels of beer made at small craft breweries.