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Self-Distribution and Franchise Bill Passes in Maine

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 593 seeks to change the definition of “small brewery” by increasing the amount of malt liquor a small brewery may brew, and subsequently self-distribute, from 50,000 gallons to 30,000 barrels per year. The …Read More

Study Commission Approved in NH

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 598 establishes a commission to study beer, wine, and liquor tourism in New Hampshire. Read More

Alcohol Advisory Council Proposed in NJ

A.B. 5524 establishes the New Jersey Brewery, Cidery, Meadery, and Distillery Industry Advisory Council and provides for funding through certain alcoholic beverage tax receipts. 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

Production Expansion Advances in NY

Passing the legislature, S.B. 5427 seeks to expands the number of barrels that a restaurant brewer may sell at retail. Read More

H.R. 3301 Addresses Extension of Recalibrated Excise Tax Rates

H.R. 3301, The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019, a tax extenders bill which includes a one-year extension of the language that recalibrated federal excise taxes (FET) for breweries, wineries, and distilleries, cleared the House Ways and …Read More

Electronic Tax Filing Passes NY Legislature

Passing both legislative chambers, Assembly Bill 6642 requires the commissioner of taxation and finance to allow distillers and brewers to file their taxes electronically. Read More

BA Files Comments on TTB Rulemaking

The Brewers Association filed formal comments with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) concerning Notice 176, Modernization of the Labeling and Advertising Regulations for Wine, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages. Read More

Temporary Permit Provision Heads to NY Senate

Passing the Assembly, A.B. 8025 amends the alcoholic beverage control law to establish a Temporary Manufacturing Permit to enable all manufacturing applicants to begin operations during the pendency of their license application. Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Opinion with Implications for State Alcohol Laws

The US Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Assn. v. Thomas, a case challenging a Tennessee law imposing a two-year durational residency requirement on applicants for a license to operate a retail liquor store, …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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