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New Bill Reduces Excise Taxes in Rhode Island

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 7133 (the annual budget legislation) contains provisions reducing the excise tax imposed on all beverages manufactured, rectified, blended or reduced for sale in the state from $3.30 to $3.00 on every 31 gallons or …Read More

California’s Coupon Law Returned to Assembly for Action

Signed into law, A.B. 1928 has been returned to the Assembly for action. The bill seeks to prohibit a beer manufacturer or a beer and wine wholesaler from offering, funding, producing, sponsoring, promoting, furnishing, or redeeming any type of coupon …Read More

Delaware Law Allows Sale of Beer in Movie Theaters

Signed into law, House Bill 299 allows for the sale and consumption of beer, wine and liquor at movie theaters, including consumption within the theater during a movie showing. Read More

Missouri Governor Signs Homebrew Event Bill

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 1304 specifies that beer brewed for personal or family use to be distributed at an organized event with a general admission fee at which the beer is available without a separate charge must not …Read More

Small Brewer Federal Excise Tax Legislation Gains Support as Congress Enters August Recess

Small brewer excise tax recalibration legislation, The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (Small BREW Act) continues to gain support in both chambers of the 113th U.S. Congress. H.R. 494 was introduced on February 5 by Representatives Jim Gerlach …Read More

Tenant Brewer License Established in New Hampshire

Signed into law, Senate Bill 310 establishes a tenant brewer license authorizing the holder to enter into a partnership with a beverage manufacture to produce or package beer or specialty beer. Read More

New Hampshire Law Creates Commission to Review Alcohol Beverage Manufacturing Processes and Sales

Becoming law with the Governor’s signature, House Bill 1415 establishes a commission to review and consider alcoholic beverage manufacturing processes and retail sales at manufacturing facilities. Read More

Governor Cuomo Announces New York Craft Brewer Workgroup

Governor Cuomo has announced the formation of New York Craft Brewer Workgroup to deliver recommendations on furthering the growth of the state’s craft beer industry. Read More

New York Liquor Authority Releases Labeling Guidance

The New York Liquor Authority has released guidance providing ingredient standards for New York State labelled beer and beer produced by farm breweries. Accompanying advisories address distilleries and cideries. Read More

FTC Issues Modified Final Order in Four Loko Deceptive Advertising Case

The Federal Trade Commission has approved a modified final order with Phusion Projects, LLC regarding the malt beverage Four Loko. The original 2013 order required Phusion Projects to file applications with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) …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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