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Pennsylvania Congressmen Visit Victory Brewing Company’s New Parkesburg Facility

Victory Brewing Company’s Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet recently hosted two Congressmen at their new 160,000 square foot Parkesburg, Pa facility—small brewery champion Representative Jim Gerlach (R-PA 6th District) and the newest member of the House Small Brewers Caucus, Representative Pat Meehan (R-PA 7th District). As supporters of craft …Read More

California Governor Brown Signs Bill to Prevent Keg Theft

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 2203 sponsored by California Craft Brewers Association, that will make it illegal for any person to obliterate, mutilate or mark out the manufacturers name on a metal keg without the written consent of the …Read More

New Permit in DC Allows Breweries to Sell Pints in Tasting Rooms

A new permit is now available to District breweries that will allow customers to purchase and drink the brewery’s beer while visiting the facility. Read More

Hawaii Governor Signs Bill that Removes Brewpub Production Limits, Allows Growler Sales and More

Signed into law by the Governor, S.B. 3042 removes the requirement that a class 14 brewpub licensee manufacture not more than thirty thousand barrels of malt beverages and creates a new license (class 18) for a small craft producer pub …Read More

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

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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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