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Optional Alcohol Facts Labeling Guidance

The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has released additional information on the use of optional alcohol facts statements. TTB Information on Optional Alcohol Facts Statements Read More

TTB Loosens Formula Requirements

As a result of a petition filed by the Brewers Association in 2006 and continuing calls for recognition of commonly used ingredients and processes in brewing, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced it is exempting malt …Read More

Small BREW Act Continues to Gain 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

Senators Hirono and Heinrich join Senate Small Brewers Caucus

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and  Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) are the newest members of the the Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus. There are now 28 Senate Caucus members, representing 22 states. The Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus was created in June 2011 …Read More

Craft Brewers Climb Capitol Hill for Annual Outreach

On Thursday, May 8, brewery and state brewers guild representatives from 49 states assembled in Washington, D.C. for the annual hill climb organized by the Brewers Association.Read More

Message to Brewers Association Members on Three-Tier System and Franchise Law Reform

The Brewers Association Board of Directors recently sent a message to members regarding the three-tier system and franchise law reform.Read More

U.S. Senator Kirk Rallies for Small Brewer Tax Reduction

During a visit to Revolution Brewing in Chicago, U.S. Senator Kirk discussed the Small BREW ActRead More

NY Senator Schumer Stops by Saranac to Discuss Proposed Ruling on Spent Grain

Senator Charles Schumer recently stopped by Saranac, a small brewery in New York, to discuss the FDA's proposed ruling on spent grain and the effect it could have on local breweries and farmers. Read More

U.S. Senators Support Brewers on Proposed Spent Grain Ruling

In support of brewers in their states and across the country, U.S. Senators Collins (R-ME), King (I-ME), Udall (D-CO) and others are urging changes to the proposed FDA ruling. Read More

Senator Visits Small Brewer Heritage Brewing Co

Senator Mark Warner recently stopped by Heritage Brewing Co. to discuss topics ranging from veterans issues to small brewery economic impact and the link between the two.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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