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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

California Bill Seeks an Exemption from Provisions of the CA Retail Food Code

Passing the Senate and amended in the Assembly, Senate Bill 1235 seeks to expand an exemption from provisions of the California Retail Food Code (CRFC) premises set aside for a beer tasting facility that currently serves chips and pretzels to …Read More

Port City Brewing Hosts Educational Tour and Tasting for Members of the FDA

The Brewers Association and Congressman Peter DeFazio recently arranged a tour and tasting at Port City Brewing Company for members of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide a better understanding of the handling and removal of spent grain from …Read More

TTB Releases Information on Sugar Content in Alcohol Beverages

The Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has made available a new set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding sugar content statements on alcohol beverage labels and in advertisements. The FAQs articulate, for the first time, a clear TTB policy on …Read More

TTB Launches Label Generator Tool

The Tax and Trade Bureau has developed the Label Generator Tool, a new resource to assist industry members in determining what changes can be made to approved labels without submitting a new certificate of label approval (COLA) application. Using this …Read More

Growler Law Signed by Minnesota Governor

Omnibus liquor legislation has been signed into law by the Governor. Among many provisions, Senate Bill 2336 allows those holding small brewer licenses to refill any growler with malt liquor for off-sale at the request of a customer. A brewer …Read More

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

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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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