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Promotional Info Posting OK’d in Washington

Signed into law, S.B. 5394 authorizes liquor manufacturers, distributors, and their licensed representatives to post and share on their websites and social media accounts, promotional information and images, related to certain events at on-premises liquor retailers’ premises or licensed special …Read More

Tasting Room Violation Penalties Bill Approved by WA Gov

Signed into law, H.B. 2517 requires the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) to adopt, by rule, a schedule of penalties applicable to a licensed alcohol manufacturer who has committed a regulatory violation as part of the licensee’s activities involving the …Read More

Tasting Room Violation Penalties Bill Before WA Gov

Before the Governor for action, H.B. 2517 requires the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) to adopt, by rule, a schedule of penalties applicable to a licensed alcohol manufacturer who has committed a regulatory violation as part of the licensee’s activities …Read More

Growler Sales and Definition Bill Advances in WA

Now under Senate consideration, H.B. 2419 authorizes a qualifying microbrewery to sell growlers of beer to the public at a qualifying farmers market, defines “growler” as a sanitary container brought to an authorized premises by the purchaser, or provided by …Read More

Distributor Sales to WA Consumers Considered

Senate Bill 6444 authorizes beer distributors to sell malt beverages to their own full-time employees under specified conditions and authorizes both beer and wine distributors to sell their respective products to consumers, for off-premises consumption, under specified conditions. Read More

Wine sales at Breweries Considered in WA

S.B. 6008 adds wine to the allowable products a microbrewery may sell for both on- and off-premises consumption. Read More

Growler Sales and Definition Proposed in WA

H.B. 2419 authorizes a qualifying microbrewery to sell growlers of beer to the public at a qualifying farmers market and defines “growler” as a sanitary container brought to an authorized premises by the purchaser, or provided by a licensee, and …Read More

WA Legislation Seeks to Lower Legal BAC

House Bill 1701 seeks to lower the allowable blood alcohol content (BAC) from .08 to .05. Read More

WA Regulators Issue Violation to ABI

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board issued AB-InBev a notice of violation and accompanying $150,000 fine as the result of an investigation that showed the brewer paid an exclusive promotional fee to two Seattle music venues. Read More

WA Private Tasting Allowance Bill Signed into Law

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 2605 would authorize the Liquor and Cannabis Board to issue a special permit to a beer manufacturer allowing the manufacturer to conduct a private tasting and sales event involving beer of its own production. 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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