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Draft Beer-Centric Relief Introduced in Congress

H.R.7577, the Creating Hospitality Economic Enhancement for Restaurants and Servers (CHEERS) Act, has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHEERS Act would provide a tax deduction for bars, restaurants and entertainment venues with draft beer systems in …Read More

TTB Announces Action on Three Major Rulemakings

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is initiating action on mandatory allergen labeling, mandatory “alcohol facts” labeling, and mandatory ingredient labeling. This action may eventually result in new regulations applicable to brewers and other producers and importers …Read More

Corporate Transparency Act Requirements in Effect

The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) requires certain companies formed or operating in the United States to report information about their beneficial owners to the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The law aims to safeguard the …Read More

Federal Kombucha Legislation Introduced

H.R. 6495 provides for the tax-free production of low alcohol by volume kombucha. Read More

BA Petitions TTB for Further Formula Requirement Exemptions

The Brewers Association (BA) has submitted its latest petition to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) seeking exemption from formula requirements for specific ingredients used in the brewing of beer. Since 2006, BA has submitted four ingredient …Read More

BA Files Comments on Revised Federal Merger Guidelines

The Brewers Association (BA) submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) concerning the agency’s revised draft Merger Guidelines. In the comments, the BA applauds the general direction of the revised guidelines and believes that if coupled with more rigorous …Read More

Agritourism Bill Introduced in Congress

H.R. 5203 seeks to establish an Office of Agritourism in the Department of Agriculture, recognizing the benefits of many agriculture-related activities, among them direct sales from breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries. Read More

Brewers Association Urges TTB to Curtail Anti-Competitive Practices

The Brewers Association (BA) recently filed comments on Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) Notice 216, Consideration of Updates to Trade Practice Regulations, along with a letter of support for those comments signed by forty six state and …Read More

TTB Issues Beer Transfer Guidance

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has published Procedure 2023-1 Transfer of Beer Between Breweries Not of the Same Ownership to provide brewers with guidance regarding the transfer of beer, without payment of tax, from one brewery …Read More

Supreme Court Favors BA Position in Trademark Law Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued its opinion in the case of Jack Daniel’s Properties v. VIP Products, a litigation of interest to the Brewers Association (BA) and the alcohol beverage industry. The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in favor …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 (BA). 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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