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TTB Accepts Record Offer in Compromise for Trade Practice Violations

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has accepted a $900,000 offer in compromise from Warsteiner Importers Agency Inc. for alleged violations of the trade practice provisions of the Federal Alcohol Administration (FAA) Act, the largest single offer …Read More

Contract Brew Storage Provision Sent to NH Governor

Passed by both chambers of the legislature, House Bill 1720 allows a beverage manufacturer in a contract brewing arrangement to store beverages produced by the contract brewer at its facility. Read More

FDA Issues Final Menu Labeling Guidance

With the arrival of the compliance date for menu labeling, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued final supplemental guidance for industry that addresses public and stakeholder comments and expands upon the draft version issued in November 2017. …Read More

Barrelage Increase OK’d in Oklahoma

Signed into law, Senate Bill 1333 modifies the definition of “small brewer” to mean a brewer who manufactures less than 65,000 barrels of beer annually. Previously, a “small brewer” was defined as one who produced less than 25,000 barrels …Read More

AK Alcohol Law Reforms Fail to Pass

Failing to pass House committee consideration, S. B. 76 sought comprehensive updates to alcohol beverage laws. The bill was amended in the House to include the provision that ultimately killed it, one which called for a reduction in the …Read More

CA Brewpub Provisions Amended

Amended in committee, Senate Bill 1283 authorizes a brewpub-restaurant licensee to: label, bottle, package, or refill any container with beer produced on their licensed premises and may, at the licensed premises, sell beer produced and packaged by the licensee to …Read More

California Glassware Bill Amended

Further amended in committee, A.B. 2573 would allow a retailer to accept up to 10 cases of glassware provided at no cost from beer manufacturers per year. No beer manufacturer may give more than 5 cases per retailer. Read More

Full Strength Beer Sales Provisions Pass in Colorado

Passed by the legislature, Senate Bill 243 lays out the conditions under which grocery and convenience stores will sell full-strength beer effective in 2019. Read More

Please Contact Louisiana Senate Judiciary B Committee in Support of Brewery Self-Distribution

The Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild has requested that beer enthusiasts take action to support the small and independent brewers of Louisiana and the community of beer drinkers. Please read the following information provided by the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild. The Louisiana Craft …Read More

Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) visits Standing Stone Brewing Co.

Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) visited Standing Stone Brewing Co. of Ashland, OR on March 30 for a brewery tour and conversation about small farm producer issues. Walden is a fan of small and independent brewers and is a co-sponsor of …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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