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Michigan Brewpub Production Allowance Increased

Signed into law by the Governor, H.B.5798 increase from 5,000 to 18,000 the number of barrels of beer that a brewpub may produce per year. Read More

Favorable Ruling for ABI in Kentucky Branch Acquisition

A Franklin County circuit court judge has ruled that the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) must issue Anheuser-Busch Inbev (ABI) a distributor’s license for the Budweiser of Owensboro distributorship. ABI’s application was previously approved by the local authorities …Read More

Brewery Promotion Signed into Law

Signed by the Governor, A.B. 8679 provides that the state policy with regard to the alcoholic beverage control law shall be to promote economic development and job opportunities in the beer, wine and liquor industries of the state. Read More

State to Promote Breweries in New Jersey

Assembly Bill 3871 requires Division of Travel and Tourism to advertise and promote tours of breweries in the state. Read More

Canadian Government to Modernize Beer Standards

The Government of Canada has proposed new standards of identity for beer. Canada’s compositional standard for beer outlines the specific requirements that must be met for a product to be labelled, packaged, sold or advertised as beer. Brewers have expressed …Read More

Alcohol Summit Proposals Become Law

A.B.10122, legislation codifying recommendations arising from Governor Cuomo’s Wine, Beer, Spirits, and Cider Summit held earlier this year, has been signed into law. The measure ensures the state’s continued support of the growing craft beverage industry by cutting burdensome requirements …Read More

Food Provisions Amended for Tasting Rooms

Approved by the Governor, Senate Bill 1235 expands an exemption from provisions of the California Retail Food Code (CRFC) for premises set aside for a beer tasting facility that currently serves chips and pretzels to include prepackaged, non-potentially hazardous food …Read More

TTB Publishes Final Rule on Reduced Brewer’s Bond Amount and New Tax Requirements

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced the publication of a final rule instituting a flat $1,000 penal sum for the brewer’s bond for brewers whose excise tax liability is reasonably expected to be not more than …Read More

Farmer Market Sales Allowed

Receiving the Governor’s approval, A.B. 2004 allows a beer manufacturer to sell packaged beer at a farmers market (with certain restrictions) and allows for wine to be served at a private event held on the premises of a beer manufacturer, …Read More

Local License Approval Bill Drafted

Bill Draft Request (BDR) 455 revises provisions governing state licenses required for liquor importers, wholesale dealers of wines and liquors, wholesale dealers of beer, wine makers, instructional wine-making facilities, breweries, brew pubs and craft distilleries to require approval of governing …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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