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Changes to Hawaii Draft Beer Regs with Governor

On the Governor’s desk, Senate Bill 772 seek to repeal the requirement that there be attached a clear and legible notice, placard, or marker upon the faucet, spigot, or outlet wherefrom the draught beer is drawn. Also require rules adopted …Read More

OK Gov Signs Direct Sales Legislation

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 728 authorizes the holder of a mixed beverage license which is also a restaurant or an on-premises beer and wine license to directly purchase wine and beer from a winemaker and a small brewer respectively. Read More

IL Distribution Agreement Provision Advances

Passing the Senate, S.B. 996 provides that a brewer may cancel an agreement with a wholesaler without notice, unless otherwise provided by agreement, if there has been a revocation or suspension of a license or permit to sell beer in …Read More

Price Equity Bill Advances in OK Senate

Gaining committee approval in the Senate, H.B. 1643 provides that it is unlawful for licensees who sell alcoholic beverages to retailers to discriminate in price between retailers, grant discounts or rebates or other inducements. Read More

Bond Change Move in IL Senate

Clearing an initial Senate committee, H.B. 2577 would exclude manufacturers and importing distributors that in the preceding year had less than $50,000 of tax liability from a requirement that they file a specified bond with the Department of Revenue. Read More

Brewery On-Premise Rights Expanded in OK

Signed into law, Senate Bill 819 allows for the consumption of drinks served at a brewery outside of the serving area (defined as the area of the bar where drinks are sold, prepared and served to paying customers). The measure …Read More

Senate Acts on Brew Pub Production Bill in Illinois

Clearing initial committee consideration in the Senate, House Bill 3610 provides that brew pubs wholly owned and operated by the same licensee may combine each location’s production limit of 155,000 gallons of beer per year and allocate the aggregate total …Read More

Farm Brewery Changes Move in Oregon

Under consideration in the House, S.B. 287 authorizes a farm brewery to be established as a permitted use on land zoned for exclusive farm use or mixed farm and forest use provided the farm brewery: produces less than 150,000 barrels …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

Off Sales at State Fair Signed in IN

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 1518 provides, among many provisions, that a holder of a permit for the State Fairgrounds may, if the permit holder is a small brewery, farm winery, or artisan distillery, sell the alcoholic beverages produced by …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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