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Beer Definition Changes Proposed in HI

Senate Bill 2354 and companion H.B. 2522 expand the definition of “beer” under the liquor regulatory laws to mean any alcoholic beverage containing no less than 0.5 per cent alcohol by volume obtained by fermentation of any infusion or decoction …Read More

Hawaii Considers Inflation-Based Alcohol Tax Increase

S.B. 3275 seeks to increase alcohol tax rates to reflect inflation since 1998 (when rates were last set), with the draft beer rate increasing forty-seven cents to $1.01/wine gallon and the rate on beer other than draft increasing eighty-two cents …Read More

Low ABV Spirits Addressed in HI Bill

House Bill 1982 defines “low alcohol by volume spirits beverage” as any alcoholic beverage containing no more than five per cent alcohol by volume including distilled spirits mixed with other ingredients and establishes a tax on low alcohol by volume …Read More

Alcohol Surcharge Considered in Hawaii

House Bill 2589 establishes a three-year surcharge on all alcohol taxes, the amount being unspecified. Read More

Alcohol Tax Increase Intro’d in HI

H.B. 2624 establishes a substance abuse treatment special fund, increases alcohol tax rates to unspecified amounts, and allocates increased liquor tax revenues to the substance abuse treatment special fund. Read More

Direct Shipping Proposal Intro’d in HI

S.B. 2848 provides for the direct shipment of beer and distilled spirits. Read More

Beer and RTD Taxes Addressed in Hawaii Bill

Senate Bill 2096 would amend the definition of “cooler beverage” to include spirits-based beverages thereby qualifying them for a lower tax rate. The bill also seeks to establish a separate, reduced tax rate on beer for qualified small brewers (defined …Read More

HI Small Pub Production Limit Bill in Conference

Now in conference committee, House Bill 1458 would increase the volume of malt beverages, wine and liquor produced by small craft producer pub license holders, with the malt beverage cap increasing from 70,000 to 150,000 barrels. Read More

Hawaii Beer Definition Proposal in Conference

Now in conference committee, Senate Bill 717 expands the definition of “beer” to mean any alcoholic beverage containing no less than 0.5 per cent alcohol by volume obtained by fermentation of any infusion or decoction of malt or any substitute, …Read More

HI Beer Definition Expansion Bill Moves to Conference

Moving to conference after the House disagreed with Senate amendments, H.B. 647 provides a definition of “low alcohol by volume spirits beverage” to mean any alcoholic beverage containing no more than five per cent alcohol by volume and includes distilled …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 (BA). 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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