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Satellite Location Bill Considred in DC

The Manufacturer’s Satellite Taverns Amendment Act of 2019 has been proposed in D.C. Council. The legislation seeks to allow brewers and distillers to own and operate up to two satellite taverns elsewhere in the city, primarily selling products that …Read More

Wide-ranging Alcohol Legislation Approved in DC

Approved by the Council and the Mayor, the Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2018, among many provisions, allows manufacturers who make beer, wine or spirits to create collaboration products with other manufacturers of the same class. Only one …Read More

Wide-ranging Alcohol Legislation Advances in DC

Sent to the Mayor for consideration, the Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2018 would, among many provisions, allow manufacturers who make beer, wine or spirits to create collaboration products with other manufacturers of the same class. Only one …Read More

Protecting and Promoting Hops and Beer in Washington, D.C.

On March 7-8, the Brewers Association hosted a coalition of U.S. hop farmers, suppliers, and brewers in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the event was to work with our supply chain partners to educate members of Congress and their staff …Read More

Beer Transfers OK’ed in DC

Signed by the Mayor, Bill 849, the Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2016, among many provisions seeks to allow brew pubs with two or more facility permits to transport beer, wine or spirits manufactured at one location to …Read More

DC Alcohol Regulation Bill Before Mayor

On the Mayor’s desk, Bill 849, the Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2016, among many provisions seeks to allow brew pubs with two or more facility permits to transport beer, wine or spirits manufactured at one location to …Read More

DC Considers Expanded Brew Pub Transfers

Bill 849, the Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2016, among many provisions seeks to allow brew pubs with two or more facility permits to transport beer, wine or spirits manufactured at one location to another. Read More

Alcohol Services Guidance Issued

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has issued new guidelines today that will allow unlicensed websites and smartphone applications to provide alcohol services in the District. Read More

New Permit in DC Allows Breweries to Sell Pints in Tasting Rooms

A new permit is now available to District breweries that will allow customers to purchase and drink the brewery’s beer while visiting the facility. 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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