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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

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Opinion with Implications for State Alcohol Laws

The US Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Assn. v. Thomas, a case challenging a Tennessee law imposing a two-year durational residency requirement on applicants for a license to operate a retail liquor store, …Read More

Wide-Ranging NC Alcohol Bill Continues to Advance

Continuing to move through a series of House committees, House Bill 536, seeks to revise numerous provisions of the state’s alcoholic beverage control laws. Proposed changes affecting the craft beer industry include: allowing breweries to produce private label brands for …Read More

Sampling Bill Signed by Alabama Governor

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 276 authorizes wineries, distilleries, and breweries that conduct tastings and samplings and that are located within an entertainment district to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption within the entertainment district. Read More

Beer Definition Altered in CA

Signed by the Governor, A.B. 205 revises the definition of “beer” for purposes of the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Act to provide that beer may be produced using honey, fruit juice, fruit concentrate, herbs, spices, and other food materials, …Read More

CA Glassware Bill Moves in Senate

Clearing initial Senate committee consideration after passing the Assembly, A.B. 1133 allows a beer manufacturer up to give up to five cases of glassware – a total of 120 pieces – to an on-sale retail licensee, as specified, and allows …Read More

Water Regs Bill Amended in CA Assembly

Amended in the Assembly, Senate Bill 166 would require the State Water Resources Control Board, on or before December 1, 2025, in consultation with the State Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch, to adopt regulations for microbiological, chemical, …Read More

CA Brewpub-Restaurant Bill Advances

Receiving favorable Assembly committee consideration, Senate Bill 21 seeks to reduce the required minimum brewing production of a brewpub-restaurant licensee from 200 barrels per year to 100 barrels per year and clarifies that a brewpub-restaurant license does not authorize the …Read More

Food-Related Regulatory Issue Addressed in CA

Clearing initial Senate committee consideration after passing the Assembly, Assembly Bill 746 seeks to exempt beer manufacturers that are licensed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control from the requirement to register with the Department of Public Health as a …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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