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Louisiana Recognizes Craft Brewers

H.R. 251 designates the week of September 23 through 29, 2019, as Louisiana Craft Brewer Week in Louisiana. Read More

Louisiana Craft Brewer Week Announced

House Resolution 244 designates the week of September 24 through 30, 2018 as Louisiana Craft Brewer Week in Louisiana, and commends Louisiana’s craft brewers for their many contributions. Read More

Under 21 Drinking Age Legislation Pulled

Withdrawn from committee consideration, S.B. 492 sought to allow those nineteen to twenty-one years of age to purchase alcohol under a certificate program that would require parental permission and the completion of educational course. Read More

Please Contact Louisiana Senate Judiciary B Committee in Support of Brewery Self-Distribution

The Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild has requested that beer enthusiasts take action to support the small and independent brewers of Louisiana and the community of beer drinkers. Please read the following information provided by the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild. The Louisiana Craft …Read More

LA Excise Tax Clarification Signed by Governor

Signed into law, House Bill 315 provides that charitable donations of both high and low alcohol content beverages are liable for the payment of excise taxes. Read More

Lousiana Successor Provisions Become Law

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 255 provides that a successor (defined as a person who replaces a supplier, importer, broker, or wholesaler with regard to the right to manufacture, sell, distribute, broker, or import a brand or brands of …Read More

Louisiana Sampling Bill Passed

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 667 expands sampling privileges for certain permit holders. Read More

Beer Tax Increase Passes in Louisiana

In an effort to close a significant budget shortfall, the Governor and legislature worked together to pass multiple tax increases, including on alcohol. The barrel rate for beer increased from the current $10.00 to $12.50. Read More

Beer tax Increase Passes Louisiana House

Passing the House, House Bill 27 seeks to increase excise taxes on alcoholic beverages, with the barrel rate for beer rising to $13.33 from the current $10.00. Read More

On-Site Sales Bill Becomes Law in Louisiana

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 232 authorizes manufacturers for low and high alcoholic content beverages and brewers for low alcoholic content beverages to sell certain quantities of these beverages at the facility where they are manufactured or brewed. 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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