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ABV LegislationSigned by Utah Governor

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 132 changes the definition of beer to increase the ABW from 3.2% to 4.0% (4% ABV to 5% ABV) and increases the barrel tax .30 cents to $13.10/barrel. Read More

ABV Legislation Goes to Governor

Passing both legislative chambers, S.B. 132 changes the definition of beer to increase the ABW from 3.2% to 4.8% (4% ABV to 6% ABV). Read More

Utah Beer Definition Change Considered

Passing initial committee consideration, S.B. 132 would change the definition of beer to increase the ABW from 3.2% to 4.8% (4% ABV to 6% ABV). Read More

Utah Bill Delaying Effective Date of .05 BAC Stalls

Failing to pass committee, House Bill 345 seeks to delay the effective date of the reduction of the blood alcohol concentration limit from .08 to .05 until December 30, 2019. Read More

Utah Bill Delaying Effective Date of .05 BAC Amended

Amended in committee, House Bill 345 seeks to delay the effective date of the reduction of the blood alcohol concentration limit from .08 to .05 until December 30, 2019. Read More

Utah Bill would Delay Effective Date of .05 BAC

House Bill 345 seeks to delay the effective date of the reduction of the blood alcohol concentration limit from .08 to .05 until December 30, 2022. Read More

.05 BAC Now Law in Utah

Signed into law by the Governor, House Bill 155 lowers the allowable blood alcohol content (BAC) from .08 to .05. Read More

Zion CurtainProvision Altered in UT

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 442 would allow restaurants to remove the so-called “Zion Curtain” that shields customers from liquor mixing and pouring, but would be required to designate a dispensing area within which the licensee may store and dispense …Read More

.05 BAC Bill on Utah Governor’s Desk

On the Governor’s desk, House Bill 155 seeks to lower the allowable blood alcohol content (BAC) from .08 to .05. Read More

UT Zion Moat Bill Intro’ed

Among a multitude of provisions, H.B. 442 would allow restaurants to remove the so-called “Zion Curtain” that shields customers from liquor mixing and pouring if they install a 10-foot buffer between the area and where children are seated. People in …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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