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Sampling Event Bill Intro’d in ME

H.B. 932 seeks to remove the limitation on taste-testing events per month and allows an unlimited number of taste-testing events per month for agency liquor stores and wine and beer off-premises retail licensees. Read More

Direct Spirits Shipping Bill Intro’d in Maine

S.B. 444 seeks to allow distilleries located inside and outside of the State to ship spirits manufactured by the distilleries directly to recipients for personal use. Read More

Low-Alc Spirits Legislation Intro’d in ME

Senate Bill 479 seeks to amend the definition of “low-alcohol spirits product” by raising the maximum alcohol level of a low-alcohol spirits product from 8% to 15% and provides that a low-alcohol spirits product manufactured or imported by a malt …Read More

ME Direct Shipping Bill Signed by Governor

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 133 clarifies that licensed Maine manufacturers of spirits, wine, malt liquor and low-alcohol spirits products may sell and ship their products to a person located in another state, as long as the sale and …Read More

ME Direct Shipping Bill Heads to Governor

Passing both legislative chambers, Senate Bill 133 clarifies that licensed Maine manufacturers of spirits, wine, malt liquor and low-alcohol spirits products may sell and ship their products to a person located in another state, as long as the sale and …Read More

Interstate Shipping Subject of ME Bill

Senate Bill 133 clarifies that licensed Maine manufacturers of spirits, wine, malt liquor and low-alcohol spirits products may sell and ship their products to a person located in another state, as long as the sale and shipment are both authorized …Read More

Maine Bill Proposes Sales Tax Relief

House Bill 96 seeks to permit retailers selling prepared food or liquor sold by establishments licensed for on-premises sales to retain 1/8 of the sales tax collected on those sales to cover administrative expenses. Read More

Self-Distribution and Franchise Bill Passes in Maine

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 593 seeks to change the definition of “small brewery” by increasing the amount of malt liquor a small brewery may brew, and subsequently self-distribute, from 50,000 gallons to 30,000 barrels per year. The …Read More

Self-Distribution and Franchise Addressed in ME Bill

Senate Bill 593 seeks to change the definition of “small brewery” by increasing the amount of malt liquor a small brewery may brew, and subsequently self-distribute, from 50,000 gallons to 30,000 barrels per year. The bill also sets …Read More

Maine Labling Legislation Signed into Law

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 66 requires that all malt liquor, wine, hard cider and low-alcohol spirits products imported to, exported from or sold in Maine bear a label approved by the United States Department of the Treasury, Alcohol …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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