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Contract Brewing Bill Signed by Idaho Governor

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 1078 allows a craft brew facility to contract with other entities wishing to brew at their facility. Read More

Contract Brewing Bill Clears Idaho Legislature

Passing both legislative chambers, S.B. 1078 would permit a craft brew facility to contract with other entities wishing to brew at their facility. Read More

Idaho Tasting Room Changes Become Law

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 649 brings breweries into alignment with wineries by allowing minors in tasting rooms. Read More

Idaho Tasting Room Changes Advance

Amended in the Senate after passing the House, H.B. 597 seeks to bring breweries into alignment with wineries by allowing minors in tasting rooms. Read More

Self-Distribution Clarified

Signed into law by the Governor, House Bill 184 clarifies that the self-distribution privilege afforded small brewers (those brewing less than 30,000 barrels annually) applies only to beer which is produced by the small brewer, and does not allow a …Read More

Distributors Raise Three-Tier Concerns in Idaho

In the wake of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (ABI) purchase of Bend, Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing Co. which operates a brewpub in the state of Idaho, the Idaho Beer & Wine Distributors Association has petitioned the state for a declaratory ruling seeking …Read More

Representative Minnick (ID) Latest Co-sponsor on Small Brewer Excise Tax Reduction Legislation

Congressman Walter Minnick recently signed on in support of HR 4278. Total number of sponsors for the bill sits at 98.Read More

Representative Simpson (ID) Latest Co-sponsor on Small Brewer Excise Tax Reduction Legislation

Congressman Michael K. Simpson recently signed on in support of HR 4278. Co-sponsors of this bill now sit at 83.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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