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.05 BAC Introduced in Vermont

Senate Bill 291 seeks to reduce the legal blood alcohol concentration limit from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent and to require the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a public education campaign about the reduced limit, to take effect upon two …Read More

New Alcohol Definitions Proposed in VT

H.B. 563 seeks to define “low alcohol spirits beverage” and include such beverages in the regulatory structure governing vinous beverages. Read More

Vermont Farm Manufacturer License Proposed

House Bill 781 seeks to create a farm-based manufacturer’s license for alcoholic beverage manufacturers that are located on a farm and produce alcoholic beverages that are made a majority by weight from ingredients produced by that farm. Read More

Farmer Market Sales Expansion Proposed in WA

House Bill 1947 would allow a microbrewery to sell beer of its own production in growlers and cans at retail for off-premises consumption at a qualifying farmers market. Currently, only bottles of beer can be sold. Read More

WA On-Site Sales Bill Advances

Passing the Senate, S.B. 5006 creates a new endorsement to allow wineries to serve beer and microbreweries to serve wine to their customers but restricts the offerings to three products and requires the products to be produced in Washington. Read More

Brewery Retail License Legislation Clear WA House Committee

Clearing initial committee consideration, H.B. 2412 changes the number of retail licenses a domestic brewery and a microbrewery may hold, from two to four. These include an on/off premises tavern, beer/wine restaurant, spirits/beer/wine restaurant, or any combination thereof. Read More

WA Keg Registration Bill Passes House

Passing the House, H.B. 2319 eliminates the requirement that the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) adopt and administer a keg-identification program for sales of kegs and other containers of four gallons or more of malt liquor. Read More

Temporary License Considered in WV

House Bill 2168 seeks to authorize temporary 30 day licenses for out-of-state nonintoxicating beer brewers to import beer for test marketing and distribute to festivals and samplings. Read More

WV Home Manufacure Bill Advances

Passing the House, H.B. 4158 provides that a person at least 21 years of age may manufacture alcoholic liquor for personal or family use, with the household amount limited to 100 gallons per calendar year if there are two or …Read More

Under LDA Access Subject of OH Bill

The subject of a committee hearing, Senate Bill 115 seeks to prohibit a person under 21 from entering or being allowed into a permitted bar, restaurant-bar, microbrewery, brew pub, winery, farm winery, or micro-distillery that has beer and intoxicating liquor …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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