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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

USPS Shipping Equity Act Introduced in 118th Congress

Introduced by Representatives Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.), along with eight other original co-sponsors, the United States Postal Service (USPS) Shipping Equity Act (H.R. 3721) would allow the USPS to ship alcohol (beer, wine, and spirits) in states …Read More

Brewers Association Advocates in Support of Funding for Hops and Barley Research

The Brewers Association recently worked with the House Small Brewers Caucus, along with the National Barley Growers Association, National Barley Improvement Committee, Hops Research Council, and Hop Growers of America to build congressional support for appropriations funding for hops and …Read More

FDA Issues Revised Guidance on the Labeling of Certain Beers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a revised guidance “Labeling of Certain Beers Subject to the Labeling Jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration” to add sesame to the list of major food allergens that are part of …Read More

Brewers Association Submits “TTB Unaddressed Issues” Petition

The Brewers Association (BA) has submitted a formal petition to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) composed of a number of items related to regulatory modernization from a variety of past BA submissions which to date have …Read More

TTB Extends Comment Period for Trade Practice Rulemaking

The comment period for the advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) on trade practices has been extended until June 7, 2023. Comments can be seen and/or submitted at Regulations.gov docket TTB-2022-0011. Read More

TTB Industry Circular Addresses Social Media Advertising

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has published Industry Circular 2022-2,Use of Social Media in the Advertising of Alcohol Beverages, which updates and supersedes Industry Circular 2013-1 to account for various new forms of social media used …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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