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ABC Reform Bill Signed by NC Governor

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 290, the ABC Regulatory Reform Bill, with respect to malt beverages allows for: malt beverage tastings at farmers markets; on-premises and off-premises malt beverage permit holders to allow permittees to transfer malt beverages to another …Read More

Wide-Ranging NC Alcohol Bill Continues to Advance

Continuing to move through a series of House committees, House Bill 536, seeks to revise numerous provisions of the state’s alcoholic beverage control laws. Proposed changes affecting the craft beer industry include: allowing breweries to produce private label brands for …Read More

NC Self-Distribution and Franchise Bill Signed by Governor

Signed into law, H.B. 363 would allow brewery permittees that sell fewer than 100,000 barrels of malt beverages produced by the brewery each year to self-distribute up to 50,000 barrels of malt beverages manufactured by the brewery per year to …Read More

Wide-Ranging Alcohol Bill Moves in NC

Passing initial committee consideration, House Bill 536, seeks to revise numerous provisions of the state’s alcoholic beverage control laws. Proposed changes affecting the craft beer industry include: allowing breweries to produce private label brands for retail permittees; clarifying contract brewing …Read More

NC Self-Distribution and Franchise Bill Moves to Senate

Under committee consideration in the Senate, H.B. 363 would allow brewery permittees that sell fewer than 100,000 barrels of malt beverages produced by the brewery each year to self-distribute up to 50,000 barrels of malt beverages manufactured by the brewery …Read More

NC Self-Distribution and Franchise Addressed

Receiving favorable consideration in the House, H.B. 383 would allow brewery permittees that sell fewer than 100,000 barrels of malt beverages produced by the brewery each year to self-distribute up to 50,000 barrels of malt beverages manufactured by the brewery …Read More

Self-Distribution Bill Intro’d in NC

Senate Bill 246 seeks to allow self-distribution of 50,000 barrels for breweries producing less than 100,000 barrels annually (current is 25,000), small brewery (less than 25,000 barrels) termination of a distributor in absence of good cause with fair market value …Read More

Pro-Distributor Bill Signed in NC

Becoming law without the Governor’s Signature, House Bill 500, among a variety of provisions, authorizes the transfer of a wholesaler business to a family member in situations other than the death of the owner, and adds niece or nephew to …Read More

NC Brewery Modernization Bill Signed

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 155 allows on- and off-premise sales starting at 10 am on Sundays with local governing body approval. Additionally, the legislation allows: retailers (including brewery taprooms) to sell crowlers; sampling during production for quality …Read More

Tax Compliance Bill under NC Senate Scrutiny

Under Senate committee consideration, House Bill 480 requires annual certification that brewery and distillery permit holders are compliant with state tax requirements and that certain brewery permit holders submit an annual report to the ABC Commission. 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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