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TTB Offers Assistance to Earthquake-Affected Businesses

The federal Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has announced it will consider waiving late filing, payment, or deposit penalties of excise taxes administered by the Bureau on a case-by-case basis for businesses affected by the August 24 northern California earthquake. TTB …Read More

TTB Launches Permits Online Tutorial

The Tax and Trade Bureau has developed a new online tutorial to assist those using Permits Online to apply for the type of permit, notification, or notice needed to start a TTB-regulated business or amend existing approvals. Read More

Court Orders Distributor to Refund Part of Termination Settlement

A federal judge has found that Ohio distributor Bobby Fisher, Inc. must refund almost $77,000 to Cerveceria Costa Rica (CCR) for the diminished value of North American Breweries brands the supplier terminated in 2013 under the successor manufacturer provisions of …Read More

New Illinois Law Amends Definition of Beer

Signed into law by the Governor, S.B. 3103 amends the Beer Industry Fair Dealing Act. Includes within the definition of the term “beer” all beverages brewed or fermented wholly or in part from malt products. Read More

Kentucky Guild Submits Protest Letter for a Potential ABI Wholesaler Acquisition

The Kentucky Guild of Brewers has filed a formal protest with the state Alcohol Beverage Commission regarding the attempted acquisition of an Owensboro wholesaler by Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI), expressing concern that market access options for small brewers would be significantly …Read More

Small Brewer Federal Excise Tax Legislation Continues to Gain Congressional Support

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

California Retail Food Code Exemption Bill Waiting for Governor’s Action

Before the Governor for action, Senate Bill 1235 seeks to expand 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, …Read More

California Bill Seeks to Allow Packaged Beer Sales at Farmers Markets

After passing the Senate an amended version of California Craft Brewers Association-sponsored A.B. 2004 has been referred to an Assembly committee. The bill seeks to allow a beer manufacturer to sell packaged beer at a farmers market (with certain restrictions) …Read More

New California Law Allows Homebrewed Beer to be Served at Events Held by Nonprofit Organizations

Signed into law, Assembly Bill 2609 adds a new provision to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act that allows nonprofit organizations established for the purpose of promoting home brewing to serve beer at fundraising events subject to specified conditions; and provides …Read More

California Bill Seeks Additional Condition Under Which Beer May Be Returned

Amended in the Senate and returned to the Assembly for concurrence, A.B. 2010 adds beer that a brewer considers to have “product quality” issues to the list of conditions under which beer may be returned to a wholesaler or manufacturer. …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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