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California Bill Prohibiting Coupons gains Senate Committee Approval

Gaining Senate committee approval, A.B. 1928 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 and a licensee authorized to sell alcoholic beverages at …Read More

Conneticut expands Permit Holders Abilities

New law in Connecticut, H.B. 5099 allows holders of caterer liquor permits to also be holders of manufacturer permits for brew pubs and manufacturer permits for beer and brew pubs. Read More

Delaware Bill moves forward on Beer Sales at Movie Theaters

Passing the House and under Senate consideration, Delaware’s 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

Proposed Rules to limit Brewpub Distribution in Illiniois

Proposed Illinois Liquor Control Commission rules would limit the amount of beer brewpubs could provide to distributors to 50,000 gallons. Read More

Michigan Bills seek to allow Beer Samples at Farmers Markets

House Bills 5426 and 5427 seek to amend the Michigan Liquor Control Code to allow microbrewers to provide samples of their beer at farmers markets. The bills are tie-barred together, meaning neither can take effect if one is not enacted. Read More

Package Retailers Now allowed to Sample Products

Mississippi’s new law, H.B. 801 authorizes package retailers to sample product and hold tasting/sampling events. Read More

New Hampshire Tenant Brewer License Bill Passes both Chambers

Passing both New Hampshire legislative chambers, 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 Seeks Commission to Review Manufacturing Processes and Retail Sales

With both New Hampshire legislative chambers agreeing to a conference report, House Bill 1415 seeks to establish a commission to review and consider alcoholic beverage manufacturing processes and retail sales at manufacturing facilities. Read More

New York Cuts Red Tape for Craft Brewers

As part of the second Wine, Beer, Spirits, and Cider Summit held earlier this year, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an agreement with legislative leaders on a measure that will continue the state’s support of the growing craft beverage industry …Read More

Homebrew Beer Sales at Fundraising Events Bill On the Move

Passing the California Assembly and amended in Senate committee, 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 …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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