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Bill Creating VA Internet Beer Retailer License Becomes Law

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 695 creates an internet beer retailer license, which would authorize persons located within or outside the Commonwealth to sell and ship beer in closed containers to persons in the Commonwealth to whom beer may …Read More

Virginia At Rest Provision Becomes Law

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 820 and companion S.B. 382 require that before any wine or beer may be delivered to a retail licensee for resale, such wine or beer must first be delivered to the licensed premises of …Read More

Bill Creating VA Internet Beer Retailer Licence on Gov’s Desk

Before the Governor for action, Senate Bill 695 creates an internet beer retailer license, which would authorize persons located within or outside the Commonwealth to sell and ship beer in closed containers to persons in the Commonwealth to whom beer …Read More

VA Local Tax Expansion Legislation Fails

Failing to clear committee, Senate Bill 115 increases from four percent to eight percent the maximum tax that any county is authorized to impose on food and beverages sold by a restaurant, commonly referred to as the meals tax. The …Read More

On-Site Sales Restriction Bills Pass in Virginia

Signed into law, House Bill 422 / Senate Bill 306 permit brewery licensees to sell at retail the brands of beer that the brewery owns at premises described in the brewery license for on-premises consumption and in closed containers for …Read More

On-Site Sales Restriction Bills Advance in Virginia

Passing their respective chambers, House Bill 422 and Senate Bill 306 permits brewery licensees to sell at retail the brands of beer that the brewery owns at premises described in the brewery license for on-premises consumption and in closed containers …Read More

Expanded Retail Locations Proposal Fails in VA

Failing to advance from committee, H.B. 547 sought to provide that brewery licensees may sell at retail the brands of beer that the brewery owns not only at its own premises but also at a maximum of five additional retail …Read More

Virginia At Rest Provision Advances

Passing their respective chambers, House Bill 820 and companion S.B. 382 require that before any wine or beer may be delivered to a retail licensee for resale, such wine or beer must first be delivered to the licensed premises of …Read More

Bill Establishes VA Internet Beer Retailer Licence

Senate Bill 695 creates an internet beer retailer license, which would authorize persons located within or outside the Commonwealth to sell and ship beer in closed containers to persons in the Commonwealth to whom beer may be lawfully sold for …Read More

Local Tax Expansion on Tap in VA

Senate Bill 527 increases from four percent to eight percent the maximum tax that any county is authorized to impose on food and beverages sold by a restaurant, commonly referred to as the meals tax. The bill also removes the …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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