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Sales Tax Fix Signed in Pensylvania

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 262 provides that Pennsylvania breweries will pay 6 percent sales tax on 25 percent of the retail sale to its consumer, rather than on every dollar of beer sold directly to consumers via taprooms, …Read More

Non-Alc Beer Distribution Addressed in PA

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 131 further defines “alcoholic cider” and adds a definition of “fermented fruit beverage.” The bill also amends the Liquor Code to require non-alcoholic beer come through the wholesale tier of the three-tiered system. Read More

Local Option Issues for PA Brewery Licensees Signed

Approved by the Governor, H.B. 423 amends the Liquor Code to allow questions as to whether certain types of liquor licenses should be issued within a municipality to be on the ballot at any election other than a special election. …Read More

Farm Brewery Effort Stalls in RI

Held for further study, Senate Bill 913 sought to authorize the issuance of farmer brewery and farmer distillery licenses to qualifying farms subject to certain conditions. Read More

Beer-to-Go Bill Signed by TX Governor

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 1545, reauthorizing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) , also: provides for the ability of production breweries to sell a case equivalent amount of beer for off-premises consumption; removes the distinction between beer and …Read More

Sales Tax Clarification Passed in Texas

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 4542, among several provisions, requires brewpubs that sell beer, ale, or malt liquor to a retailer to have the same sales tax reporting requirements as brewers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and package store local distributors. Read More

Permitting Changes OK’ed in TX

Signed into law, H.B. 3222 creates a nonresident brewer’s permit and a nonresident manufacturer’s permit which allow the holders to represent nonresident brewers or nonresident manufacturers and perform certain activities on their behalf. Read More

Study Commission Approved in NH

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 598 establishes a commission to study beer, wine, and liquor tourism in New Hampshire. Read More

Alcohol Advisory Council Proposed in NJ

A.B. 5524 establishes the New Jersey Brewery, Cidery, Meadery, and Distillery Industry Advisory Council and provides for funding through certain alcoholic beverage tax receipts. Read More

Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2019 (S. 362; H.R. 1175) has been introduced in Congress. The legislation makes permanent the tax and other provisions passed as part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act which …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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