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Festival Sales Proposed in WV Legislation

Senate Bill 534, among a host of provisions, would permit authorized brewers, resident brewers, wineries, farm wineries, distilleries, mini-distilleries, and micro-distilleries a limited off-site retail privilege at private fair and festivals for off-premises consumption sales, and would allow multiple places …Read More

WY Franchise Bill Stalls in Committee

Failing to advance from committee, Senate Bill 64 specified that provisions governing relations between malt beverage distributors and manufacturers do not apply to those who manufacture or import less than fifty thousand (50,000) barrels of malt beverages per calendar year. Read More

WY Excise Tax Repeal Bill Fails to Advance

Failing to be considered, H.B. 237, the Beer Freedom Act, sought to repeal the excise tax on malt beverages. Read More

Low-Proof Beverage Legislation Gets Hearing in WA

Both receiving public hearings, companion bills S.B. 5375 and H.B. 1344 provide a definition of “low-proof beverage” to mean any beverage that is 16 ounces or less and that contains more than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume and less than …Read More

WA Container Deposit Bill Amended in Committee

Amended in their respective committees, H.B. 1131 and S.B 5154 require producers of certain paper products and packaging (covered PPP) to participate in and fund the operations of a producer responsibility organization (PRO) to collect and manage covered PPP from …Read More

WV Bill Addresses Contract and Retail Issues

H.B. 3136 and companion S.B. 513 clarify that licensed brewers and licensed resident brewers may have more than one location so long as the brewer or resident brewer does not produce more than 50,000 barrels of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating …Read More

Non-Alc Display Bill Passes VA Legislature

Passing both legislative chambers, S.B. 809 would require licensees that sell wine and beer for off-premises consumption, when displaying such wine and beer outside a clearly discernible location reserved solely for alcoholic beverages, to not place such wine or beer …Read More

Virginia Proposes Requiring ABV Information Stalls

Failing to clear committee, House Bill 2001 sought to require retail licensees that are authorized to sell and serve alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption to provide customers with information regarding the alcohol by volume content for each type of alcoholic …Read More

BAC Bill Amended in Washington

Amended in two committees, Senate Bill 5002 seeks to lower the allowable blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit to .05. Read More

VA Tied House Exception Bill Stalls

Failing to receive committee consideration, Senate Bill 1371 sought to create an exception to the tied house restriction on the retail sale of beer by allowing brewery licensees to sell no more than 5,000 barrels of beer per year to …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 (BA). 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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