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BA Submits Comments to TTB on Biden Executive Order

The Brewers Association (BA), responding to a Request for Information relating to President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy, provided initial comments to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) addressing issues directly under …Read More

TTB and Iowa Wholesaler Come to Terms

The Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has accepted a $325,000 offer in compromise from Iowa Beverage Systems (IBEV), an alcohol beverage wholesaler located in Des Moines, Iowa, to settle alleged trade practice violations. The violations included purchasing tap handles and …Read More

Charitable Donation Bill on CA Governor’s Desk

On the Governor’s desk, A.B. 1267 would authorize alcohol producers, including beer manufacturers, to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale purchase price of an alcoholic beverage to a nonprofit charitable organization in connection with the sale or …Read More

Illinois Governor Signs Bill with BEER Act Provisions

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 2620, includes certain provisions of the Brewers Economic Equity & Relief Act. The legislation provides for continued curbside pick-up for all licensed brewers, addresses issues related to limited brewpub self-distribution, and codifies the …Read More

MA Pub Brewery Sales ill Up for Hearing

Scheduled for a hearing, House Bill 475 provides for pub breweries to sell up to 50,000 gallons of beer at wholesale and for off-premises retail sales. Read More

NC Governor Signs Omnibus Alcohol Bill

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 890, among many provisions relating to alcohol beverages, would expand the allowable growler size, clarifies alternating proprietorship abilities, and provides a sales tax exemption for alcoholic beverage manufacturers. Read More

Sales, Sampling and Shipping Bill Signed in NH

Signed into law, Senate Bill 125 makes changes to the requirements for serving samples for beverage manufacturers and nano breweries; provides for contract brewing arrangements for nano breweries and brew pubs; and requires reports for intrastate direct shippers of alcohol. Read More

RI Brewery On-Premises Sales Bill Signed by Governor

Signed into law, Senate Bill 199 modifies limitations on quantities of malt beverages that can be sold at retail by brewery and brewpub manufacturer license holders for off-premises consumption. Allowable sales of malt beverages would increase from one case …Read More

Aluminum Pricing Examination Act Referred in U.S. House, Introduced in Senate

H.R. 2698, the Aluminum Pricing Examination Act (APEX Act), seeking to extend the jurisdiction of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to include oversight of markets which set reference prices for aluminum premiums, has been referred to the Subcommittee on Commodity …Read More

CT Beer Tax Reduction on Tap

Governor Ned Lamont announced that the newly enacted state budget reduces taxes on beer by 16.7%. The governor said that the tax decrease was included in the budget as part of ongoing efforts to support the continued growth of Connecticut’s …Read More

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Pete Johnson

State & Regulatory Affairs Manager

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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