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Food-Related Regulatory Issue Before CA Governor

Before the Governor for action, Assembly Bill 746 seeks to exempt beer manufacturers that are licensed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control from the requirement to register with the Department of Public Health as a food processing facility. Read More

CA Glassware Bill Poised to Pass Legislature

On final consideration for Senate passage, A.B. 1133 allows a beer manufacturer up to give up to five cases of glassware – a total of 120 pieces – to an on-sale retail licensee, as specified, and allows an on-sale retail …Read More

Water Treatment Bill Stalls in CA Assembly

Held in committee, Senate Bill 166 sought to require the State Water Resources Control Board, on or before December 1, 2025, in consultation with the State Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch, to adopt regulations for microbiological, chemical, …Read More

Food-Related Regulatory Issue Addressed in CA

Awaiting a full Senate vote after passing the Assembly, Assembly Bill 746 seeks to exempt beer manufacturers that are licensed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control from the requirement to register with the Department of Public Health as a …Read More

Beer Definition Altered in CA

Signed by the Governor, A.B. 205 revises the definition of “beer” for purposes of the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Act to provide that beer may be produced using honey, fruit juice, fruit concentrate, herbs, spices, and other food materials, …Read More

CA Glassware Bill Moves in Senate

Clearing initial Senate committee consideration after passing the Assembly, A.B. 1133 allows a beer manufacturer up to give up to five cases of glassware – a total of 120 pieces – to an on-sale retail licensee, as specified, and allows …Read More

Water Regs Bill Amended in CA Assembly

Amended in the Assembly, Senate Bill 166 would require the State Water Resources Control Board, on or before December 1, 2025, in consultation with the State Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch, to adopt regulations for microbiological, chemical, …Read More

CA Brewpub-Restaurant Bill Advances

Receiving favorable Assembly committee consideration, Senate Bill 21 seeks to reduce the required minimum brewing production of a brewpub-restaurant licensee from 200 barrels per year to 100 barrels per year and clarifies that a brewpub-restaurant license does not authorize the …Read More

Food-Related Regulatory Issue Addressed in CA

Clearing initial Senate committee consideration after passing the Assembly, Assembly Bill 746 seeks to exempt beer manufacturers that are licensed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control from the requirement to register with the Department of Public Health as a …Read More

Water Regs Study Group Clears CA Senate

Passing the Senate, Senate Bill 166 would require the State Water Resources Control Board to convene a study group by December 1, 2021, to advise the Legislature on policies regarding onsite process water reuse in breweries and wineries. 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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