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Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

On December 20, 2019, the President signed into law the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, which includes a one-year extension (through December 31, 2020) of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) provisions originally passed for a two-year …Read More

Missouri Alcohol Advertising Laws Struck Down

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down several Missouri alcohol beverage advertising laws citing the state’s failure to demonstrate the laws advanced the state’s interest (e.g. in promoting responsible consumption) and that the scope of the laws went beyond …Read More

Glassware Giveaway Guidance Issued in CA

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has issued guidance concerning the ability of beer manufacturers to provide glassware to retail accounts. Read More

MI Bill Addressing Anti-Competitive Practices signed into Law

Approved by the Governor, H.B. 4961 amends the Michigan Liquor Control Code to prohibit manufacturers of alcohol from requesting, requiring, or prohibiting certain actions of distributors, including the production of financial records. The legislation is meant to address a …Read More

Brewpub Barrelage Threshold Increased in NY

Signed by the Governor, A.B. 1971 increases the number of barrels that a restaurant brewer (brew-pub) may produce to sell at retail or wholesale from 250 to 2,000 barrels. Read More

Tax Increase Proposed in NY Assembly

Assembly Bill 8915 and companion S.B. 7139 seek to increase the current 14 cent/gallon tax on beer to 30 cents/gallon, with the anticipated $51 million in additional revenue used to help fund the State University of New York and the …Read More

Electronic Tax Filing OK’ed in New York

Signed into law, Senate Bill 578 requires the commissioner of taxation and finance to allow brewers and distillers to file their taxes electronically. Read More

Oregon Addresses Alcohol and CBD Legalities

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has amended its regulations “with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2020, making it a violation for any licensee or permittee to manufacture, store, transport, sell, or offer to sell an alcoholic beverage that …Read More

Brewery Retail Sales Bill Passes WI Assembly

Passing the Assembly, A.B. 434 seeks to prohibit a brewer from making retail sales of beer and intoxicating liquor during hours in which a Class B licensed premises must be closed, i.e. between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 …Read 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 Cut and Jobs Act which …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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