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California Bill in Assembly Seeks to Prohibit Coupon Exchange

Amended in the Senate prior to passage, 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 …Read More

Homebrew Competition Bill in California Senate

Amended twice in the Senate following Assembly passage, Assembly Bill 2609 would permit the removal and use of home brewed beer or homemade wine in connection with a bona fide competition or judging or a bona fide exhibition or tasting. …Read More

Delaware Legislation Seeks to Allow Alcohol Sales at Movie Theaters

Passing both chambers of the legislature, House Bill 299 would allow for the sale and consumption of beer, wine and liquor at movie theaters, including consumption within the theater during a movie showing. Read More

Hard Cider Definition Expanded with New Maryland Law

Signed into law, S.B. 161 expands the definition of “hard cider” to include a beverage derived primarily from pears, or pear concentrate and water, containing at least one-half of 1% and less than 7% of alcohol by volume. Read More

Rhode Island Legislation Seeks to Eliminate Sampling Requirements

Gaining initial committee approval, House Bill 7410 seeks to eliminate the requirement that sampling events may not be promoted 1 except on the licensed premises. Read More

New Vermont Law Legalizes Sampler Flights

Signed into law, Senate Bill 299, among other provisions, legalize sampler flights of malt beverages, vinous beverages, and spirituous liquors and prohibits the possession and sale of powdered alcohol. Read More

New Missouri Law Expands Beer Packaging Options

Signed into law by the Governor, Senate Bill 689 expands the types of packages in which malt liquor may be sold to include single bottles, cans and pouches of beer. Read More

Tennesee Governor Signs Law That Redefines High Alcohol Content Beer

Signed into law by the Governor, S.B. 289 redefines “high alcohol content beer” from one containing more than 5 percent alcohol by weight to one containing more than 8 percent by weight and adds a tax of $100 per annum …Read More

Craft-friendly Legislation Passes Both NY Legislative Chambers

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

California Legislation Would Allow the Return of Beer with Product Quality Issues

Clearing Senate committee consideration, 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. In addition, AB 2010 repeals an existing …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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