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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

Excise Tax Increase Fails in ME

Failing to advance from committee, House Bill 793, sought for the purpose of reducing the incidence of domestic violence and suicides, to increase the excise taxes imposed on spirits, malt liquor, fortified wines and hard cider and the sales tax …Read More

Maine Labling Legislation Proposed

Senate Bill 66 requires that all malt liquor, wine 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 and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau …Read More

Excise Tax Increase Advanced in ME

House Bill 793, for the purpose of reducing the incidence of domestic violence and suicides, increases the excise taxes imposed on spirits, malt liquor, fortified wines and hard cider and the sales tax imposed on the sale of liquor sold …Read More

ME Governor Signs Tasting Event Sales Bill

Signed into law, House Bill 1056 allows the sale of wine, spirits and malt liquor manufactured in Maine for off-premises consumption at taste-testing events and the sale of spirits manufactured in Maine at farmers’ markets. Under current law, the sale …Read More

Cross Tier Ownership Rules Clarified in Maine

Signed into law under emergency status “to avoid unintended consequences that could imperil operations by breweries during premium tourism season,” House Bill 1133 clarifies that for a person who is licensed to manufacture liquor in the State to also have …Read More

Off-Premise Sales Bill Stalls in Maine

Dying in the Senate, House Bill 1049 consolidates into one paragraph the provisions that govern the sale of a manufacturer’s product for off-premises consumption to non-licensees from the licensed manufacturer’s facility. It also repeals and replaces in a separate subsection …Read More

ME Tasting Event Sales Bill Moves to Governor

Passing both legislative chambers, House Bill 1056 allows the sale of wine, spirits and malt liquor manufactured in Maine for off-premises consumption at taste-testing events and the sale of spirits manufactured in Maine at farmers’ markets. Under current law, the …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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