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Support for Small Brewer Legislation Brings Congressman to Local Brewery

U.S. Congressman Rob Andrews (NJ-1) recently visited the new Flying Fish Brewing Co. facility in Somerdale, N.J.Read More

NY Governor Cuomo Signs Franchise Reform Bill

With Wednesday August 1 set as a deadline for the Governor to act, the pending NY franchise reform bill was signed into law. Read More

Senator Blumenthal Visits Thomas Hooker Brewing Co., Discusses Small Brewer Tax Reduction

Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut recently visited Thomas Hooker Brewing Company. As a co-sponsor of S. 534 he supports excise tax recalibration for small brewers.Read More

NY Governor Cuomo Signs Craft-Friendly Bill

After passing in both the state Assembly and Senate, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that will help strengthen the craft brewing industry in NY.Read More

Brewers Association Member Outreach Results in Congressional Brewery Visits

As part of its mission to promote and protect the craft brewing industry, the BA continues to work with member breweries to advance small brewer excise tax legislation and build relationships with their elected officials. As part of its mission to promotRead More

New York Poised to Restore Beer Tax Provision

With the announcement that Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders have reached an agreement on legislation that will keep New York's craft brewing industry competitive, hopes are high that the legislation will receive immediate consideration before thRead More

Small Brewers Lobby on Capitol Hill

On June 7, sixty-eight individuals including Brewers Association staff, BA member small brewers, and state guild leaders climbed Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress.Read More

Virgina Governor Signs Legislation to Support Local Craft Breweries

Governor McDonnell signs two pieces of legislation that help craft breweries and enhance the local economy.Read More

Small Brewers Join Wholesalers at DC Legislative Conference

Small brewers and Brewers Association staff recently joined wholesalers in Washington D.C. to discuss issues important to the first and second tiers. Read More

VA Governor Signs Bill Enhancing Small Brewery Sales

Breweries lobby to pass a bill in Virginia allowing on-premise beer sales without serving food.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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