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Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2019 (S. 362; H.R. 1175) has been introduced in Congress. The legislation makes permanent the tax and other provisions passed as part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act which …Read More

Food-Related Regulatory Issue Before CA Governor

Before the Governor for action, Assembly Bill 746 seeks to exempt beer manufacturers that are licensed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control from the requirement to register with the Department of Public Health as a food processing facility. Read More

CA Glassware Bill Poised to Pass Legislature

On final consideration for Senate passage, A.B. 1133 allows a beer manufacturer up to give up to five cases of glassware – a total of 120 pieces – to an on-sale retail licensee, as specified, and allows an on-sale retail …Read More

Water Treatment Bill Stalls in CA Assembly

Held in committee, Senate Bill 166 sought to require the State Water Resources Control Board, on or before December 1, 2025, in consultation with the State Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch, to adopt regulations for microbiological, chemical, …Read More

Growler-Crowler Sales Addressed in Illinois

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 3610 makes changes to provisions authorizing a manufacturer, distributor, or importing distributor to sell coil cleaning services and dispensing accessories. It further provides that a manufacturer of beer or a brew pub may …Read More

ABC Reform Bill Signed by NC Governor

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 290, the ABC Regulatory Reform Bill, with respect to malt beverages allows for: malt beverage tastings at farmers markets; on-premises and off-premises malt beverage permit holders to allow permittees to transfer malt beverages to another …Read More

Hearing Held on Massachusetts Franchise Legislation

The subject of a legislative hearing, companions House Bill 327 and Senate Bill 104 seek to allow small brewers (defined as under 6 million barrels) to terminate a distributor without cause and with less than the current 120-day notice (the …Read More

Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2019 (S. 362; H.R. 1175) has been introduced in Congress. The legislation makes permanent the tax and other provisions passed as part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act which …Read More

TTB Announces Voluntary Disclosure Program

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is offering a temporary voluntary disclosure program (through December 31, 2019) to address a significant number of wholesalers and importers of alcohol beverages who have undergone a change in control (a …Read More

Food-Related Regulatory Issue Addressed in CA

Awaiting a full Senate vote after passing the Assembly, Assembly Bill 746 seeks to exempt beer manufacturers that are licensed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control from the requirement to register with the Department of Public Health as a …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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