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Franchise and Self-Distribution Addressed in GA Bill

House Bill 738 allows a small brewer (defined as a brewer whose sales of products to such brewer’s wholesaler do not exceed 15 percent of the wholesaler’s total sales in the prior calendar year) to terminate a wholesaler agreement with …Read More

Sampling Bill Amended in GA House

Amended in House committee after passing the Senate, S.B. 146 provides that retail package liquor stores may conduct tasting events at which samples of alcoholic beverages may be served and that manufacturers and wholesalers may provide samples of alcoholic beverages …Read More

On-Sales Changes Proposed in Georgia

Senate Bill 152 seeks an expansion of the sales abilities of malt beverage manufacturers to allow up to 3,000 barrels sold at each of the brewer’s licensed premises for on- or off-premise consumption. Additionally, requires fifty percent of malt …Read More

Sampling Bill Passes GA Senate

Passing the Senate, S.B. 146 provides that retail package liquor stores may conduct tasting events at which samples of alcoholic beverages may be served and that manufacturers and wholesalers may provide samples of alcoholic beverages to retail dealers under certain …Read More

GA Bill Allowing On-Premises Sales Becomes Law

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 85 allows breweries to sell up to 3,000 barrels of the beer they manufacture to consumers for both on and off premise consumption (the latter limited to 288 ounces per person, per day). Read More

GA Bill Allowing On-Premises Sales on Governor’s Desk

The House and Senate have agreed on the amended version of Senate Bill 85 which would allow breweries to sell up to 3,000 barrels of the beer they manufacture to consumers for both on and off premise consumption (the latter …Read More

GA Bill Allowing On-Premises Sales Poised for Passage

Amended in the House and sent back to the Senate for concurrence, Senate Bill 85 would allow breweries to sell up to 3,000 barrels of the beer they manufacture to consumers for both on and off premise consumption (the latter …Read More

GA Sunday Sales Legislation

Senate Bill 17 seeks to allow governing authorities of counties and municipalities to authorize sales of alcoholic beverages during a certain time on Sundays. Read More

On-Site Brewery Sales Proposd in Georgia

Senate Bill 85 would allow breweries to sell up to 3,000 barrels of the beer they manufacture to consumers for both on and off premise consumption (the latter limited to 288 ounces per person, per day). Read More

Direct Sales to Retail Proposed in Georgia

House Bill 606 provides that retail dealers may purchase up to 15 percent of their inventory of beer and wine directly from wineries and breweries without utilizing a wholesale dealer. 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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