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Farm Brewery ChangesBecome Law in Oregon

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 287 authorizes a farm brewery to be established as a permitted use on land zoned for exclusive farm use or mixed farm and forest use provided the farm brewery: produces less than 150,000 barrels of …Read More

Farm Brewery Changes Move in Oregon

Under consideration in the House, S.B. 287 authorizes a farm brewery to be established as a permitted use on land zoned for exclusive farm use or mixed farm and forest use provided the farm brewery: produces less than 150,000 barrels …Read More

Oregon Farm Brewery Bill Amended

Amended prior to passing the Senate, S.B. 287 establishes standards for establishment of farm breweries on lands zoned for exclusive farm use or mixed farm and forest use for breweries that annually produce under 150,000 barrels of malt beverages total …Read More

Oregon Farm Brewery Standards Proposed

S.B. 287 establishes standards for establishment of farm breweries that produce less than 150,000 gallons of malt beverages on lands zoned for exclusive farm use or mixed farm and forest use. Read More

Oregon Bill Reduces BAC Limit to .05

Senate Bill 7 provides for the reduction of the blood alcohol concentration limit from .08 to .05. Read More

Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) visits Standing Stone Brewing Co.

Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) visited Standing Stone Brewing Co. of Ashland, OR on March 30 for a brewery tour and conversation about small farm producer issues. Walden is a fan of small and independent brewers and is a co-sponsor of …Read More

Oregon Retail Locations Bill Signed

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 2160 would allow brewery-public house licensees to sell their products for consumption or retail sales at two locations, rather than the one that is currently allowed by law. Read More

Retail Locations Bill Before OR Governor

Awaiting the Governor’s consideration, House Bill 2160 would allow brewery-public house licensees to sell their products for consumption or retail sales at two locations, rather than the one that is currently allowed by law. Read More

Retail Locations Increase under OR Bill

House Bill 2160 would allow brewery-public house licensees to sell their products for consumption or retail sales at two locations, rather than the one that is currently allowed by law. Read More

Bottle Bill ProvisionBecomes Law in Oregon

Signed into law, House Bill 2746 requires payment of refund value of 10 cents for certain beverage containers on and after April 1, 2017, regardless of refund value indicated on beverage container. 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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