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Arkansas Governor Signs Brewery Expansion Bill

Signed into law, Act 681, allows for the operation of microbrewery-restaurants in dry counties. Read More

Arkansas Homebrew Bill Signed

Signed into law, House Bill 1877 authorizes a manufacturer of home-brewed beer to remove home-brewed beer from the manufacturer’s premises for personal or family use, including organized affairs, exhibitions, competitions, and tastings. Read More

AR Small Brewery Operations Bill Signed into Law

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 659 clarifies the law regarding the scope of small brewery operations, allows transportation of in-house products between commonly owned small breweries and breweries that own small breweries and creates small brewery tap rooms. Read More

Cross Tier Ownership Addressed in AR Law

Signed into law, H.B. 2046 limits the issuance of permits for microbrewery-restaurants and small breweries with common ownership of certain other alcoholic beverage permittees. Read More

Arkansas Tax Rebate Clarification Proposed

Signed into law by the Governor, S.B. 417 modifies the provisions of an existing tax rebate for beer and malt manufacturers. Under existing law, an entity must prove that it produced less than 25,000 barrels of beer to qualify for …Read More

AR Bill Addresses Brewery Operations

House Bill 2277 seeks to clarify the law regarding the scope of small brewery operations, allow transportation of in-house products between commonly owned small breweries and breweries that own small breweries and create small brewery tap rooms. Read More

Common Ownership Issues Subject of AR Bill

H.B. 2046 seeks to limit the issuance of permits for microbrewery-restaurants and small breweries with common ownership of certain other alcoholic beverage permittees. Read More

Arkansas Alcohol Law Review Fails to Advance

Failing to pass the Senate in amended form, Senate Bill 758 sought a review of the laws pertaining to beer, liquor, and wine in the state of Arkansas to identify provisions of law that are outdated, ineffective, or otherwise in …Read More

Arkansas Tax Rebate Clarification Proposed

Passing the Senate and under House consideration, S.B. 417 modifies the provisions of an existing tax rebate for beer and malt manufacturers. Under existing law, an entity must prove that it produced less than 25,000 barrels of beer to qualify …Read More

Production Limit Increased in AR

Signed into law, House Bill 1272 increases the production limit of a microbrewery from 20,000 to 45,000 barrels, allows the transportation of beer between no more than three commonly owned facilities and allows the operation of a separate off-site brewing …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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