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Sampling Bill Signed by Alabama Governor

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 276 authorizes wineries, distilleries, and breweries that conduct tastings and samplings and that are located within an entertainment district to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption within the entertainment district. Read More

AL Governor Signs Excise Tax Measure

Signed into law, Senate Bill 404 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 it is …Read More

Sampling Bill Clears AL Legislature

Before the Governor for action, Senate Bill 276 authorizes wineries, distilleries, and breweries that conduct tastings and samplings and that are located within an entertainment district to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption within the entertainment district. Read More

Financial Interest Provision Becomes Law in Alabama

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 404 would permit a small manufacturer of beer to have a financial interest in a brewpub under certain conditions. Read More

Tasting Room Sales Measure Intro’d in Alabama

House Bill 542 seeks to allow a licensed manufacturer of alcoholic beverages to dispense and sell at its on-site tasting room, alcoholic beverages that are manufactured in this state but not by the manufacturer, so long as the other manufacturer …Read 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 it is dispensed for consumption. Read More

Brewery Modernization intro’d in Alabama

H.B. 151 seeks to: define “small manufacturer” as a manufacturer that sells, on an annual basis, no more than 250,000 barrels of beer, 100,000 gallons of table wine, or 50,000 proof gallons of liquor, and that is no more than …Read More

Taproom Hours Bill Signed in Alabama

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 303 exempts tasting rooms from a law prohibiting manufacturers from selling alcohol between 9 PM Saturday and 2 AM Monday. Read More

AL Beer Donation Bill Becomes Law

Becoming law without the Governor’s approval, H.B. 414 would create a new nonprofit special events retail license and allows manufacturers to donate up to 31 gallons of beer and up to two cases of table wine to a nonprofit. Read More

Taproom Hours Bill Advances in Alabama

Passing the House, H.B. 303 would eliminate a provision in current law that requires breweries to close their tap rooms between the hours of 9 PM on Saturday and 2 AM the following Monday. 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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