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Beer-to-Go Bill Signed by TX Governor

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 1545, reauthorizing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) , also: provides for the ability of production breweries to sell a case equivalent amount of beer for off-premises consumption; removes the distinction between beer and …Read More

Sales Tax Clarification Passed in Texas

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 4542, among several provisions, requires brewpubs that sell beer, ale, or malt liquor to a retailer to have the same sales tax reporting requirements as brewers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and package store local distributors. Read More

Permitting Changes OK’ed in TX

Signed into law, H.B. 3222 creates a nonresident brewer’s permit and a nonresident manufacturer’s permit which allow the holders to represent nonresident brewers or nonresident manufacturers and perform certain activities on their behalf. Read More

Beer-to-Go Bill on Governor’s Desk

Awaiting the Governor’s signature, House Bill 1545, reauthorizing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) , also: provides for the ability of production breweries to sell a case equivalent amount of beer for off-premises consumption; removes the distinction between beer and …Read More

Beer-to-Go Bill Passes Texas House

House Bill 1545, reauthorizing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, was amended in the House prior to passage to allow production breweries to sell beer-to-go. Read More

Changes to TX Brewer Permit Abilities Approved

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 928 amends the Alcoholic Beverage Code to authorize a brewer’s permit holder to import ale and malt liquor for manufacturing purposes from a nonresident brewer’s permit holder and to mix and blend the imported ale …Read More

Off-Premise Sales Bill Intro’d in Texas

Companion bills S.B. 312 and H.B. 672 provide for off-premise consumption sales for breweries with an annual production of 225,000 barrels or less. Read More

Texas Lab Testing Bill Signed

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 2299 adds a laboratory certified by the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and trade Bureau (TTB) to the list of approved labs for ABV testing of samples of alcohol beverages. Read More

On-Site Sales Restrictions Enacted in Texas

Becoming law in the absence of a Gubernatorial veto, House Bill 3287 changes the law that governs taproom sales by manufacturing breweries to consumers for on-premises consumption (up to 5,000 barrels), the primary change being to the criteria used for …Read More

On-Site Sales Restrictions Enacted in Texas

Becoming law in the absence of a Gubernatorial veto, House Bill 3287 changes the law that governs taproom sales by manufacturing breweries to consumers for on-premises consumption (up to 5,000 barrels), the primary change being to the criteria used for …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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