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New Jersey Farm Brewery License Proposed

Among several provisions, Senate Bill 72 seeks to establish a farm brewery license that would permit farm breweries to produce malt alcoholic beverages for retail sale to consumers for consumption off the licensed premised. Read More

City Alcohol Tax Up for Vote in AK

A 5% tax on alcohol sales in Anchorage will appear on the April ballot. Read More

NJ Senate Bill Addresses Allowable Brewery Activities

Senate Bill 271 seeks to amend current law to authorize holders of a limited brewery license to: hold an unlimited number of on-premises special events, for which the license holder may sell tickets without obtaining a permit; hold up to …Read More

Franchise and Self-Distribution Issues Addressed in GA

House Bill 738 allows a small brewer (defined as a brewer whose sales of products to such brewer’s wholesaler do not exceed 15 percent of the wholesaler’s total sales in the prior calendar year) to terminate a wholesaler agreement with …Read More

Distribution Change Advances in NY

Passing the Senate, S.B. 7186 seeks to allow restaurant-brewers to sell up to two hundred fifty barrels of their product without the use of a wholesaler. Read More

Tax Reduction Proposed in Hawaii

H.B. 2726 seeks to reduce the tax rate on qualified small brewers (defined as producing 70,000 barrels or less annually) and adds spirits-based beverages to the definition of cooler beverages to bring those products into tax equivalency with beer- and …Read More

New York Off-Sales Bill Awaits Vote

Awaiting a full Senate vote, S.B. 5509 would allow allowing brewery supply stores to sell beer for off premises consumption. Read More

.05 BAC Intro’d in Hawaii

Senate Bill 2234 seeks to lower the threshold blood alcohol concentration from 0.08 to 0.05 for the offenses of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. Read More

Self-Distribution Increase Sought in MI

H.B. 5343 seeks to double the amount of beer a micro brewer may self-distribute to 2,000 barrels per year, not including sales to consumers on the micro brewer’s licensed premises. Read More

Tax Credit Revision Intro’d in Michigan

House Bill 5345 seeks to revise the threshold for claiming a tax credit based on how much beer the brewer manufactures in a tax year. Currently, a brewer can claim a credit against the beer tax against its first 30,000 …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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