Pete Johnson

Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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TTB Issues Industry Circular on Hemp Ingredients

The Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has issued Industry Circular 2019-1, Hemp Ingredients in Alcohol Beverage Formulas, addressing the ability of industry members to produce alcohol beverages containing ingredients derived from hemp, such as cannabidiol …More

Promotional Info Posting OK’d in Washington

Signed into law, S.B. 5394 authorizes liquor manufacturers, distributors, and their licensed representatives to post and share on their websites and social media accounts, promotional information and images, related to certain events at on-premises liquor retailers’ premises or licensed special occasion events. Requires events to feature a product of the …More

Water Regs Study Group Faces CA Senate Vote

Before the full Senate for a vote, Senate Bill 166 would require the State Water Resources Control Board to convene a study group by December 1, 2021, to advise the Legislature on policies regarding onsite …More

CT Insurance Change Proposal Advances

Passing committee, House Bill 7260 would exempt from certain small employer health insurance plan requirements a Connecticut employer that (1) holds a manufacturer permit for beer from the Department of Consumer Protection and (2) obtains …More

Minimum Production Bill Passes CA Senate

Passing the Senate, Senate Bill 21 seeks to lower the required minimum brewing production of a brewpub-restaurant licensee from 200 barrels per year to 100 barrels per year.

DE License Privilege Bill Advances

Passing the House and initial Senate committee consideration, H.B. 125 would allow licensed Delaware brewery pubs and microbreweries to affiliate with other in-state or out-of-state brewers while retaining their current license privileges so long as …More

Production and Sales Changes Considered in CT

Awaiting full Senate consideration, Senate Bill 647, among many provisions, consolidates the manufacturer permits for beer, brew pub, beer and brew pub, and farm brewery into one permit, allows the permittee to wholesale distribute to …More

Excise Tax Measure Intro’d in Alabama

House Bill 494 provides that the excise tax on beer is to be levied at the time the beer is allocated by the brewery or brewpub for retail sale rather than at the time …More

FL Franchise Exemptions Fail to Advance

Dying in committee, House Bill 903 sought to provide for limited exemptions to the current regulations regarding distribution agreements between beer distributors and manufacturers, as follows: 1) exempts small breweries (i.e. total production volume does …More

Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2019 (S. 362; H.R. 1175) has been introduced in Congress. The legislation makes permanent the tax and other provisions passed as part of the Tax …More