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Hearing Held on Massachusetts Franchise Legislation

The subject of a legislative hearing, companions House Bill 327 and Senate Bill 104 seek to allow small brewers (defined as under 6 million barrels) to terminate a distributor without cause and with less than the current 120-day notice (the …Read More

Massachusetts Franchise Bill Filed

Senate Docket 1434 seeks to allow small brewers (defined as under 6 million barrels) to terminate a distributor without cause and with less than the current 120-day notice (the notice provision is tiered based on production at either 30, 45 …Read More

Proposal to Limit One Day Licenses Intro’d in Massachsetts

S.D. 1866 would limit to fourteen the number of one day alcoholic beverage licenses available to one entity annually. Read More

Farm market Sales Bill Advances in MA

Passing the Senate, Senate Bill 2627 would allow cities and towns to grant special licenses to allow brewers to sell malt beverages in sealed containers for off-premise consumption at farmers markets and provide 2 ounce samples of malt beverages to …Read More

MA Issues Cannabis in Alcohol Advisory

Anticipating the legalization of recreational marijuana, the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) has issued an advisory informing the alcohol industry that it will remain unlawful to manufacture and/or sell alcoholic beverages containing any cannabinoid extracts, including tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) and …Read More

Farmer Market Sales Bill Advances in MA

Passing initial committee consideration, S.B. 2459 would allow brewers to pour and sell products at farmers’ markets. Read More

MA Distributor Cleared in Trade Practice Case

The state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) has handed down a decision absolving wholesaler August A. Busch & Co. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of brewer Anheuser-Busch) from a charge of violating the prohibition on giving a thing of value to a …Read More

MA Franchise Bill under Consideration

Rereferred to committee, S.B. 136 seeks to restore contract rights to craft brewers. Read More

Urgent: Massachusetts Craft Brewers Need Your Support

The Massachusetts Brewers Guild is asking you to act immediately to request that your State legislators release legislation beneficial to local craft brewers. Please read the following information provided by the Massachusetts Brewers Guild. Today, the State House faces an imminent deadline. In …Read More

MA Alcohol Task Force Issues Findings

The task force formed by the state Treasurer to comprehensively review the laws and regulations governing alcohol and make recommendations for change has issued its findings. Among the recommendations are changes to franchise agreement provisions and terminations and raising …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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