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Pro Brewer Legislation Signed by SD Gov

Signed into law, Senate Bill 173 raises the production cap on microbreweries to 30,000 barrels under which a manufacturer may maintain on-site sales rights. Additionally, a licensed microbrewery may self-distribute 1,500 barrels annually, may hold on the licensed premises an …Read More

Legislation Providing Benefits for SD Brewers on Gov’s Desk

Awaiting gubernatorial action, Senate Bill 173 raises the production cap on microbreweries to 30,000 barrels under which a manufacturer may maintain on-site sales rights. Additionally, a licensed microbrewery may self-distribute 1,500 barrels annually, may hold on the licensed premises an …Read More

Comprehensive Alcohol Reform Passes in SD

Signed into law, House Bill 1070 seeks to revise and repeal a broad range of provisions pertaining to alcoholic beverages. Read More

Sponsorships Approved in South Dakota

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 1157 authorizes alcohol manufacturers and wholesalers to enter into sponsorship agreements with certain alcohol retail licensees. Read More

Comprehensive Alcohol Reform Advances in SD

Passing the House and under Senate consideration, House Bill 1070 seeks to revise and repeal a broad range of provisions pertaining to alcoholic beverages. Read More

Sponsorships Considered in South Dakota

House Bill 1157 authorizes alcohol manufacturers and wholesalers to enter into sponsorship agreements with certain alcohol retail licensees. Read More

SD Bill Seeks Lower Drinking Age for Military

H.B. 1132 seeks to lower the legal drinking age for on-premise consumption of alcoholic beverages to eighteen for certain active duty members of the military. Read More

Serving Tax Contemplated in South Dakota

House Bill 1308 seeks to levy on all alcoholic beverages an excise tax imposed at a rate of twenty-five cents per standard serving. Read More

New Malt Beverage Tax Proposed in SD

H.B. 1294 seeks to impose an additional tax of fifty-three cents per gallon on malt beverages. Read More

Governor’s Bill Seeks Expanded Small Brewer Rights

Among various provisions, Senate Bill 169 seeks to raise the annual barrelage cap on microbreweries to 30,000 barrels. Additionally, a licensed microbrewery: may sell on the licensed premises alcoholic beverages produced by the licensee for on-sale or off-sale consumption; may …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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