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New Bill Would Change Virginia ABC Regulations for Tour Guide Tastings

Senate Bill 1273 requires the ABC Board to adopt regulations that prescribe the terms and conditions under which tour guides employed by a licensed brewery that manufactures no more than 10,000 barrels of beer during the license year may consume …Read More

Bill Would Create Small Distiller License in Virginia

S.B. 1272 creates a limited distiller’s license for distilleries that (i) manufacture no more than 36,000 gallons of spirits per calendar year, (ii) are located on a farm in the Commonwealth on land zoned agricultural and owned or leased by …Read More

Virginia Bill Would Allow Samples of Multiple Alcoholic Beverages at Licensed Premises

Senate Bill 1269 allows a person holding multiple licenses for the manufacture of wine, beer, spirits, or cider to provide samples of any alcoholic beverage produced on the licensed premises to persons under certain conditions. Read More

Bills Make Changes to Virginia Law Regarding Powdered Alcohol

Companions Senate Bill 1034 and House Bill 1908 add powdered or crystalline alcohol to the definition of alcoholic beverages and prohibits containers sold in or shipped into the Commonwealth from including powdered or crystalline alcohol. Read More

New York Looking to Establish State Craft Beverage Council

A.B. 2305 establishes the New York craft beverage council within the department of economic development to develop a marketing strategy to promote the state’s fine wines, spirits and craft brews. Read More

Growler defined in New Mexico House Bill

House Bill 243 defines “growler” to mean a clean, refillable, resealable container that has a liquid capacity that does not exceed one gallon and that is intended and used for the sale of beer, wine or cider for consumption off …Read More

New Hampshire Looks at Sampling Beer at Farmer’s Markets

Senate Bill 99 seeks to establish a committee to study allowing the sampling of beer or wine at farmer’s markets. Read More

Wyoming Bill Would to Repeal Tax on Malt Beverages

House Bill 141 would repeal the excise tax on malt beverages. Read More

Bill Seeks to Raise Tax on Malt Beverages in Wyoming

House Bill 140 seeks to raise the excise tax on malt beverages by 4.5 cents per liter. Read More

Washington State Bill Would Exclude Cider from Assessment

Companions H.B. 1179  and S.B. 5260 excludes the production of cider from the commodity assessment that applies to vinifera wine grape growers and producers, which funds the advertising of Washington wines through the Washington Wine Commission. 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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