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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

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

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

Sales Tax Fix Signed in Pensylvania

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 262 provides that Pennsylvania breweries will pay 6 percent sales tax on 25 percent of the retail sale to its consumer, rather than on every dollar of beer sold directly to consumers via taprooms, …Read More

Non-Alc Beer Distribution Addressed in PA

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 131 further defines “alcoholic cider” and adds a definition of “fermented fruit beverage.” The bill also amends the Liquor Code to require non-alcoholic beer come through the wholesale tier of the three-tiered system. Read More

Local Option Issues for PA Brewery Licensees Signed

Approved by the Governor, H.B. 423 amends the Liquor Code to allow questions as to whether certain types of liquor licenses should be issued within a municipality to be on the ballot at any election other than a special election. …Read More

Farm Brewery Effort Stalls in RI

Held for further study, Senate Bill 913 sought to authorize the issuance of farmer brewery and farmer distillery licenses to qualifying farms subject to certain conditions. Read More

Beer-to-Go Bill Signed by TX Governor

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 1545, reauthorizing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) , also: provides for the ability of production breweries to sell a case equivalent amount of beer for off-premises consumption; removes the distinction between beer and …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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