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Kansas Contract Brewing Bill Signed into Law

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 2470 allows microbreweries to contract with other microbreweries for production and packaging of beer and hard cider; provides for the sale of domestic beer in refillable containers; allows licensed microbrewers in the state to produce …Read More

Kansas Contract Brewing Bill Moves to Conference

Amended in and passed by the Senate, House Bill 2470 would allow microbreweries within the state of Kansas to contract with other microbreweries for production and packaging of beer and hard cider. The House did not agree to the …Read More

Kansas Contract Brewing Bill Clears Senate

Amended in and passed by the Senate House Bill 2470 would allow microbreweries within the state of Kansas to contract with other microbreweries for production and packaging of beer and hard cider. Read More

Direct Manufacturer Sales Limited in KS Bill

House Bill 2731 would allow individuals with a beneficial interest in the manufacture of alcoholic liquor to hold a drinking establishment or caterer license pursuant to the Kansas Liquor Control Act provided no alcoholic liquor manufactured by the individual be …Read More

Kansas Bill Provides for Contract Brewing

House Bill 2470 would allow microbreweries within the state of Kansas to contract with other microbreweries for production and packaging of beer and hard cider. Read More

Fee Reduction Proposed for “Kansas Grown” Beer

H.B. 2718 provides that if at least 70%, but not 100%, of the products utilized in the manufacture of beer and hard cider by a microbrewery are grown in Kansas, then the license fee for such microbrewery for the immediately …Read More

Growler Sales Clarified in KS

H.B. 2475 would authorize the current practice of a microbrewery refilling 32 to 64 ounce containers with beer manufactured by the microbrewery then sealing and labeling the container which is sold to consumers for off-premise consumption. Read More

Contract Brewing Provisions Considred in Kansas

HB 2411 would allow a microbrewery to contract with one or more microbreweries for the purpose of manufacturing beer or hard cider on the behalf of those microbreweries. A microbrewery would be allowed to have its beer manufactured by a …Read More

Kansas Considers Expanded Sales for Manufacturers

H.B. 2141 would allow the issuance of a drinking establishment or caterer license to a person that also has a beneficial interest in an alcohol manufacturer’s license. The bill would require that any alcoholic liquor sold by the drinking establishment …Read More

Proposed KS Tax Increase Fails to Advance

The Senate failed to pass legislation that included Governor Brownback’s proposed budget item seeking to double the liquor enforcement tax to 16 percent. 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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