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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

West Virginia Bill to Allow Sampling and Growler Sales

Senate Bill 273 permits licensed brewers and resident brewers to conduct non-intoxicating beer sampling and growler sales for off-premises consumption. Additionally, the brewpub bonding requirements are removed. Read More

CIDER Act Introduced in Congress

Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Chris Collins (NY-27) have introduced the H.R. 600, the Cider Industry Deserves Equal Regulation (CIDER) Act. The legislation would amend the tax code pertaining to wine and related beverages to support the growing number …Read More

Montana Looks to Raise Small Brewery Barrelage Cap

House Bill 326 increases the number of barrels allowed to be produced by a small brewery from 10,000 to 60,000, allows a licensed brewer that manufactures less than 60,000 barrels of beer per year to obtain a retail on-premise all-beverage …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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