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Container Sizes Addressed in MN

House Bill 1799 expands the allowable container sizes for purposes of brewer off-sales. Read More

Collaboration Sales Taken Up in Minnesota

H.B. 1800 seeks to allow brewer taprooms to offer limited sale of collaboration malt liquor. Read More

Proposal to Broaden Sales Abilities Intro’d in MN

House Bill 1802 removes a licensing condition for off-premise sales that prohibits a brewer that produces more than 20,000 barrels of its own brands annually from obtaining said license. Read More

Brew on Premise Bill Signed in MN

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 3972 allows for the tasting of malt liquor that is brewed by a customer or employee at a brew on premises store if the malt liquor is not sold or offered for sale. Read More

Ownership Interest Subject of MN Bill

House Bill 2696 would allow brewer license holders to also have an ownership interest in a business with an on-sale license. Read More

MN Bill Looks to Increase Production Cap

House Bill 1078 and Senate Bill 1279 seek to raise the barrelage production cap on breweries able to engage in sales of growlers and other types of vessels from 20,000 to 250,000 barrels. Additionally, the bill would lift the …Read More

Brewer Off Sales Expansion Proposed in MN

H.B. 2482 would expand packaging of malt liquor for off-sale by a brew pub or small brewer. Read More

Wine Sales for Brewers Proposed in MN

House Bill 2487 allows the issuance of a wine license to brewer taprooms. Read More

Governor Signs Growler Bill in Minnesota

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 1238 further provides for small brewer growler sales, taproom licensing and brewpub sales at the State Fair. Read More

Minnesota Bill Allows Wholesalers to Extend Credit to Retailers

House Bill 1014 would allow a brewer or malt liquor wholesaler to extend credit or lend money to a retailer for a period of 30 days, or until the next subsequent delivery, whichever period of time is shorter. 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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