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Vermont Franchise Bill Signed by Governor

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 710 creates an exception to the beer franchise law for certificate of approval holders and manufacturers of malt beverages that manufacture or distribute not more than 50,000 barrels of malt beverages and whose products comprise …Read More

Vermont Passes Franchise Reform

Vermont has now joined the ranks of a select number of states that have actively considered and implemented changes to the franchise laws which govern the relationships between brewers and distributors, providing small brewer provisions that recognize the need for …Read More

Vermont Franchise Bill Sent to Governor

Sent to the Governor for action, H.B. 710 would create an exception to the beer franchise law for certificate of approval holders and manufacturers of malt beverages that manufacture or distribute not more than 50,000 barrels of malt beverages and …Read More

Vermont Franchise Bill Heard in Senate 

Under Senate consideration following House passage, H.B. 710 would create an exception to the beer franchise law for certificate of approval holders and manufacturers of malt beverages that manufacture or distribute not more than 50,000 barrels of malt beverages and …Read More

Vermont Franchise Bill Amended

Amended in committee, H.B. 710 would create an exception to the beer franchise law for certificate of approval holders and manufacturers of malt beverages that manufacture or distribute not more than 50,000 barrels of malt beverages and whose products comprise …Read More

Franchise Changes Proposed in Vermont

Subject of a committee hearing, H.B. 710 would create an exception to the beer and wine franchise law for certificate of approval holders and manufacturers of malt beverages that manufacture or distribute not more than 300,000 barrels of malt beverages …Read More

Franchise Changes Proposed in Vermont

Senate Bill 189 seeks an exception to the beer and wine franchise law for certificate of approval holders and manufacturers of malt beverages that manufacture or distribute not more than 300,000 barrels of malt beverages per year. Read More

VT Governor Signs Alcohol Law Overhaul Bill

Signed into law by the Governor, S.B. 250, among many provisions, mandates technical amendments to Title 7 to improve its clarity, and to identify substantive amendments that may be necessary to remove out-of-date or obsolete provisions or to reflect more …Read More

Vermont Satellite Location License Bill Introduced

S.B. 164 seeks to allow a manufacturer of beer to operate a restaurant or a bar, which serves beer brewed by the manufacturer, at a location other than the manufacturer’s premises. Read More

Direct Sales for Nanos Considered

House Bill 451 proposes to create a separate license for nano brewers of beer, to permit manufacturers of beer to ship their products directly to retailers, and to increase the maximum annual amount of beer or wine that a manufacturer …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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