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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

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

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

Glassware Guidance Issued in Florida

The state has issued an informational bulletin providing guidance on the ability of distributors to provide branded glassware to those licensed to sell malt beverages for on-premises consumption. 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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