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NY Brewpub Barrelage Cap Increase on Tap

Passing the Assembly, A.B. 6404 seeks to increase the number of barrels that a restaurant brewer (brew-pub) may produce to sell at retail or wholesale from the current 250 barrels to 2,000 barrels. Read More

NY Sales Bill Awaits Governor’s Action

On the Governor’s desk, S.B. 2481 adds on premise consumption sales to that of off premise sales and the conducting of tastings of New York state labelled beer manufactured by a licensed brewer or licensed farm brewery. Read More

NY State Labelled Beer Bill Considered

Moving through several committees, Senate Bill 5649 amends certain definitions to include the manufacturing of (as opposed to simply growing) hops when determining if something is considered a New York state labelled beer. Read More

Sampling and Sales Bill Passes NY Senate

Under Assembly consideration following Senate passage, S.B. 4399 relates to permits for brewers, manufacturers, and importers to serve small samples of their beer or malt beverages at certain events, and to sell such beverages for consumption off-premises. Read More

NY Farm Brewery Sales Considered

Senate Bill 5853 would expand the privileges of farm breweries, cideries, wineries and distilleries to allow for the sales of “farm brewed” alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption. Read More

Sales Tax Exemption Subject of NY Legislation

A.B. 6945 amends the tax law to provide wine, beer, cider, and liquor tastings by a licensed producer are exempt from the sales and compensating use tax. Read More

Lifting of New York Retail Prohibition Considered

A.B. 7361 seeks to amend the alcoholic beverage control law, in relation to removing prohibitions on manufacturers and wholesalers from having an interest in retail sales. Read More

NY Bill would Expand Sales Ability

Passing the Senate, S.B. 2481 adds on premise consumption sales to that of off premise sales and the conducting of tastings of New York state labelled beer manufactured by a licensed brewer or licensed farm brewery. Read More

NY Bill Looks to Increase On-Site Sales

Companions Assembly Bill 6404 and Senate Bill 5173 seek to increase to 2,000 the number of barrels that a restaurant brewer (brew-pub) may produce to sell at retail or wholesale. The current limit is 250 barrels. Read More

NY Bill Looks to Increase On-Site Sales

Companions Assembly Bill 6404 and Senate Bill 5173 seek to increase to 2,000 the number of barrels that a restaurant brewer (brew-pub) may produce to sell at retail or wholesale. The current limit is 250 barrels. 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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