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CA Black Brewers Recognition Adopted

Adopted by the Senate, S.R. 47 proclaims October 10, 2023, as Black Brewers Day and encourages Californians to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of Black brewers in California and the …Read More

Beer Manufacturer Tax Information Bill Headed to CA Governor

Passed by both legislative chambers, Senate Bill 388 requires the State Board of Equalization (BOE) to make public, upon request, any information from a beer manufacturer tax return, including the name and address of the taxpayer that is not a …Read More

Agritourism Bill Introduced in Congress

H.R. 5203 seeks to establish an Office of Agritourism in the Department of Agriculture, recognizing the benefits of many agriculture-related activities, among them direct sales from breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries. Read More

Retail Sales Bill on CA Gov’s Desk

Before the Governor for action, Senate Bill 269 seeks to authorize the holder of a beer manufacturer’s license, a winegrower’s license, a craft distilled spirits manufacturer’s license, or a brandy manufacturer’s license that holds any combination of those licenses for …Read More

CA Senate Amends Tied-House Bill

Amended in the Senate, Assembly Bill 546 seeks to revise tied-house restrictions related to paying, crediting, or compensating a retailer or retailers for advertising, display, or distribution service in connection with the advertising and sale of all alcoholic beverages, rather …Read More

NY Bill Mandates Distributor Role in Imported Alcohol

A.B. 7907 seeks to require that alcoholic beverages imported into New York be first delivered to a licensed New York state wholesaler and maintained at a premises or warehouse operated by the wholesaler for a period of twenty-four hours. Read More

Franchise Modernization Intro’d in Ohio

Senate Bill 138 seeks to exempt manufacturers producing less than two hundred fifty thousand barrels of beer a year from the Ohio Alcohol Franchise Law. Read More

OR Addiction Task Force Propsal Signed into Law

Signed into law, House Bill 3610 seeks to establish the Task Force on Alcohol Pricing and Addiction Services to study issues related to alcohol addiction, including the benefits and drawbacks of imposing taxes on beer and wine. Read More

Oregon Direct Shipping Bill Signed by Governor

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 2013 would fully open direct to consumer shipping from out-of-state producers and creates a direct to retailer permit for out-of-state manufacturers of malt beverages, wine or cider to allow manufacturer to sell at wholesale and …Read More

WI Alcohol Omnibus Scheduled for Hearing

Scheduled for a hearing, Senate Bill 332, among a host of provisions, 1) creates the Division of Alcohol Beverages attached to the Department of Revenue and transfers the latter’s alcohol beverage regulation and enforcement functions to the division; 2) makes …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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