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Beer On-Sale Legislation Moves to CA Governor

Sent to the Governor for consideration, A.B. 2301 authorizes an on-sale retailer that is also a beer manufacturer to purchase alcoholic beverages from the licensed beer manufacturer, if the premises of production is located within five miles of the licensed …Read More

License Exchange Bill Considered by CA Governor

On the Governor’s desk, S.B. 298 authorizes any person that has a brewpub-restaurant license to exchange that license for a bona fide public eating place license subject to the approval of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Read More

CA Satellite Locations Legislation Amended in Senate

Amended on third reading in the Senate, Assembly Bill 2307 increases the limit, from six to eight, of authorized branch office locations for a licensed beer manufacturer and increases the corresponding limit, from two to four, on these branch locations …Read More

CA Glassware Tied-House Exception Clears Senate Committee

Clearing Senate committee, A.B. 2971, among a number of provisions, extends the current tied-house exception, until January 1, 2026, which authorizes a beer manufacturer to give, free of charge, up to five cases of retail advertising glassware to an on-sale …Read More

BA Files Comments on Proposed Changes to Brewer’s Notice Requirements

The Brewers Association has filed supportive comments on Tax and Trade Bureau Notice No. 212, Modernization of Qualification Requirements for Brewer’s Notices. With a goal of reducing burdens on industry members, the proposed amendments address the following issues: (1) eliminating the …Read More

Washington Brewers Challenge Oregon Self-Distribution, Direct-to-Consumer Laws

A lawsuit has been filed in Oregon U.S. District Court by several Washington brewers challenging the constitutionality of certain Oregon laws allowing in-state brewers to self-distribute and ship direct to consumers while denying out-of-state brewers those same abilities. The plaintiffs …Read More

New Sales, Tour Abilities Proposed in NY

Assembly Bill 10549 seeks to authorize the sale of merchandise other than beer by licensed breweries and licensed farm breweries, the operation of another business on a licensed premises, and allows licensed breweries and farm breweries to charge for tours …Read More

Direct Shipping Bill Floated in NY

A.B. 10573 authorizes the direct intrastate and interstate shipment of liquor, cider, mead, and braggot. Read More

Repackaging Provision Becomes Law in NC

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 768 creates, among a variety of provisions, a packaging and logistics permit which allows suppliers to send their finished and packaged products to a remote location for repackaging/relabeling purposes. Read More

PA Privatization Proposal Intro’d

Clearing initial committee consideration, House Bill 2272 proposes an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, prohibiting the Commonwealth from manufacturing or selling liquor. 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 (BA). 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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