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Production and Sales Changes Proposed in Hawaii

H.B. 546 and companion S.B. 773 would increase the annual production limit of small craft producer pub licensees to 125,000 barrels (from 60,000 barrels) and allow brewpub licensees and small craft producer pub licensees that manufacture beer solely in the …Read More

On-Premise Draught Changes on Tap in Hawaii

House Bill 1172 and companion Senate Bill 772 seek to repeal the requirement that there be attached a clear and legible notice, placard, or marker upon the faucet, spigot, or outlet wherefrom the draught beer is drawn. The bills also …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

Proposal to Limit One Day Licenses Intro’d in Massachsetts

S.D. 1866 would limit to fourteen the number of one day alcoholic beverage licenses available to one entity annually. Read More

Sales Restrictions Proposed in Connecticut

Proposed Bill 742 would require breweries to offer their products for on-premise sale and consumption or for on-premise sale for off-premise consumption, but not both. Read More

Missouri Retail Cooler Lease Extension Proposed

Senate Bill 197 and House Bill 356 seek to repeal the expiration date of the statutory language giving brewers the ability to lease to retailers portable refrigeration units. Read More

TTB Proposes Modernizing Labeling and Advertising Regulations

The Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has announced the publication of a rulemaking document (Notice No. 176) which would update, simplify, and clarify the labeling and advertising regulations for wine, distilled spirits, and malt beverages. According to TTB, when finalized, …Read More

Alcohol Tax Proposed in Anchorage

The Mayor of Anchorage has proposed a 5% retail alcohol tax to take effect January 1, 2020. Read More

Michigan Bill Defining Tasting Room Signed into Law

Signed nto law, S.B. 1156 defines “tasting room” with respect to beer to mean a location on the manufacturing premises of a brewer or micro brewer where it may produce samples of or sell at retail for on- or off-premises …Read More

On-Premise Sales Provisions Signed in Michigan

A package of bills signed into law would allow brewers and microbrewers to have on-premises tasting rooms, expand the scope of tasting rooms, expand the definition of manufacturer to include a portion of the manufacturing process, allow manufacturers to sell …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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