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DE License Privilege Bill Becomes Law

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 125 would allow licensed Delaware brewery pubs and microbreweries to affiliate with other in-state or out-of-state brewers while retaining their current license privileges so long as production does not exceed 6 million barrels annually. …Read More

DE License Privilege Bill Advances

Passing the House and initial Senate committee consideration, H.B. 125 would allow licensed Delaware brewery pubs and microbreweries to affiliate with other in-state or out-of-state brewers while retaining their current license privileges so long as production does not exceed 6 …Read More

On-Site Sales Expanded in Delaware

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 373 allows craft distilleries, breweries, and wineries the ability to sell products produced by other Delaware craft distilleries, breweries, and wineries for on-site consumption, only. The products sold must be purchased through the existing …Read More

Transfers Allowed in DE

Signed into law, H.B. 405 is intended to facilitate the growth and expansion of Delaware licensed craft alcoholic beverage companies within the State by permitting them to ship product manufactured on their licensed premises to entities under common ownership and …Read More

Expanded Craft Producer Sales Bill Goes to DE Gov

Before the Governor for action, House Bill 373 would allow craft distilleries, breweries, and wineries the ability to sell products produced by other Delaware craft distilleries, breweries, and wineries for on-site consumption, only. The products sold must be purchased through …Read More

Delaware Looks to Lower BAC

House Bill 320 seeks to lower the blood alcohol content requirement for driving under the influence from .08 to .05. Read More

Retail Sales Considered at DE Farmers Markets

House Bill 198 would allow holders of a “Farmer’s Market Permit or Agricultural Themed Event Permit” to conduct tastings and sell craft beer, mead, distilled spirits, and wine in sealed containers for off-premise consumption at retail prices at off-site farmers …Read More

Delaware Raises Alcohol Excise Taxes

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 241 increases the tax rate on alcohol beverages, with the beer rate rising to $8.15/barrel from the current is $4.85/barrel. Read More

DE Farmer’s Market Beer Sales Bill Stalls

Failing to pass the Senate, House Bill 228 sought to allow holders of a “Farmer’s Market Permit or Agricultural Themed Event Permit” to conduct tastings and sell craft beer, mead, distilled spirits, and wine in sealed containers for off-premise consumption …Read More

DE Farmer’s Market Beer Sales Progressing

Amended in the Senate following House passage, House Bill 228 seeks to allow holders of a “Farmer’s Market Permit or Agricultural Themed Event Permit” to conduct tastings and sell craft beer, mead, distilled spirits, and wine in sealed containers for …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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