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Brewery Modernization Bill Signed by MD Governor

Signed into law, H.B. 1010, the Brewery Modernization Act of 2019, contains a host of provisions enhancing the retail, production and distribution abilities for several classes of breweries. Read More

No Cause Termination Becomes Law in Maryland

Becoming law with the Governor’s signature, House Bill 1080 reduces, from 180 days to 45 days, the number of days that a brewery must wait after notifying a distributor of its intent to terminate or refuse to renew a beer …Read More

Brewery Modernization Bill Sent to MD Governor

Passing both chambers of the legislature, H.B. 1010, the Brewery Modernization Act of 2019, contains a host of provisions enhancing the retail, production and distribution abilities for several classes of breweries. Read More

MD Franchise Legislation on Governor’s Desk

Passing both legislative chambers and eligible for the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 704 reduces, from 180 days to 45 days, the number of days that a brewery must wait after notifying a distributor of its intent to terminate or refuse …Read More

MontCo MD Production and Distribution Changes Stalls

Failing to clear committee, Montgomery County-specific H.B. 333 provides that a holder of a Class 7 micro-brewery license in Montgomery County may produce any amount of beer each year. The holder of a Class 8 farm brewery license in Montgomery …Read More

MD Brewery Promotion Bill Fails in Committee

Failing to advance from committee, House Bill 480 sought to establish the Maryland Brewery Promotion Program and Fund in the Department of Commerce. The program would have provided grants designed to assist Maryland breweries, educate the public about brewing in …Read More

Brewery Promotion Fund Intro’d in MD

House Bill 480 establishes the Maryland Brewery Promotion Program and Fund in the Department of Commerce (Commerce). The program provides grants to eligible applicants designed to assist Maryland breweries, educate the public about brewing in Maryland, and promote Maryland beer. …Read More

MD Franchise Legislation Amended

Significantly amended before passing the Senate, Senate Bill 704 reduces, from 180 days to 45 days, the number of days that a brewery must wait after notifying a distributor of its intent to terminate or refuse to renew a beer …Read More

Production and Distribution Changes Proposed for MontCo Maryland

Montgomery County-specific H.B. 333 provides that a holder of a Class 7 micro-brewery license in Montgomery County may produce any amount of beer each year. The holder of a Class 8 farm brewery license in Montgomery County is authorized to …Read More

Franchise Bill Intro’d in Maryland

Senate Bill 704 seeks to add a statutory provision allowing a “small franchisor” (a beer manufacturer that produces 300,000 barrels or less annually and accounts for 10% or less of a “franchisee’s” (i.e. distributor’s) total annual sales volume) to terminate …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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