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Montana Tasting Room Hours Bill Dies

Dying in committee, H.B. 185 sought to extend the hours for small breweries to serve beer at a sample room to between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Read More

Alcohol Advisory Group Nixed in MT

A proposal to create the Alcohol Advisory Council, charged with studying and reporting on all aspects of alcohol in the state, failed to advance from committee. Read More

Montana Taproom Hours Bill Stalls

Tabled in committee, House Bill 185 seeks to allow small brewery licensee on-site taprooms the ability to sell for an additional two hours until 10:00 p.m. Read More

MT Tax Increase Proposal Dies

Dying in committee, Senate Bill 328 sought to increase the tax rate on the sale of beer, wine, liquor and hard cider. Read More

Production Cap Increased in Montana

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 541 changes the definition of “small brewery” to allow annual production up to 60,000 barrels (from the current 10,000) and would include the production of all affiliated companies and beer purchased from any other beer …Read More

Tax Increase Proposed in Montana

Senate Bill 328 seeks to increase the tax rate on the sale of beer, wine, liquor and hard cider. Read More

Montana Sampling Provision Stalls

Stalled in committee, H.B. 603 seeks to expand the hours small breweries and micro distilleries are allowed to provide samples until 10 p.m. Read More

MT Bill Amended to Limit Production Cap Increase and Raise Taxes

Amended in the Senate following House passage, H.B. 541 changes the definition of “small brewery” to allow annual production up to 12,000 barrels (from the current 10,000) and would include the production of all affiliated companies and beer purchased from …Read More

Montana Tax Reporting Bill Fails

Withdrawn from consideration, House Bill 483 sought to require breweries to install flow meters to measure beer produced and sold for the purpose of tax reporting. Read More

MT Bill Seeks Production Cap Increase

H.B. 541 changes the definition of “small brewery” to allow annual production up to 60,000 barrels (from the current 10,000) and would include the production of all affiliated companies and beer purchased from any other beer producer to be sold …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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