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Bill Would Allow Certain Oklahoma Brewers to Distribute

Senate Bill 613 would allow manufacturers of low-point beer with an annual production of 10,000 barrels or less to hold a wholesalers permit. Read More

Retail Growler Sales Proposed in Indiana

House Bill 1162 allows for the sale of growlers by package liquor stores. Read More

Oregon Production Limit Under Review

Senate Bill 138 removes the production limit for brewery-public house licensee selling malt beverages, produced by licensee at wholesale, to other licensees of Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Read More

Full Pint Bill on Tap in Maine

L.D. 122, titled An Act to Standardize Pints of Beer Sold in Maine, requires that if an on-premises retail liquor licensee offers for sale a pint of malt liquor, the container it comes in must have a capacity of at …Read More

South Dakota Considers Direct to Retail Sales by Distillers

House Bill 1004 would authorize the direct sale of distilled spirits from artisan distillers to retailers and wholesalers. Read More

Minnesota Looks to Allow Sunday Growler Sales

House Bill 70 and House Bill 121 seek to allow small brewers to sell growlers on Sundays. Read More

Grocery Store Growler Sales Possible in Washington

House Bill 1198 authorizes the Liquor Control Board to issue an endorsement to a grocery store licensee allowing the sale of beer and cider in a sanitary container brought to the premises by the purchaser, or provided by the licensee …Read More

Expanded Retail Sales Considered in Minnesota

Senate Bill 373 further defines the retail sales abilities of brewpubs and small breweries, including the sale of growlers. Read More

Cider Sales from Washington Microbreweries Under Consideration

H.B. 1342 seeks to allow licensed microbreweries to sell cider produced by a domestic winery for on-premises or off-premises consumption. Read More

Mississippi Microbrewery Modernization Act

The Microbrewery Modernization Act of 2015, House Bill 1158, seeks to provide that a holder of a permit to manufacture beer who operates a brewery may sell limited amounts of beer on the premises of the brewery, that beer provided …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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