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Crowler Sales Provisions Bill Heads to IL Governor

Sent to the Governor for action, House Bill 3610 makes changes to provisions authorizing a manufacturer, distributor, or importing distributor to sell coil cleaning services and dispensing accessories. It further provides that a manufacturer of beer or a brew …Read More

Louisiana Recognizes Craft Brewers

H.R. 251 designates the week of September 23 through 29, 2019, as Louisiana Craft Brewer Week in Louisiana. Read More

Production and Sales Changes Signed by CT Governor

Signed into law by the Governor, Senate Bill 647, among many provisions, consolidates the manufacturer permits for beer, brew pub, beer and brew pub, and farm brewery into one permit, allows the permittee to wholesale distribute to other alcoholic liquor …Read More

Sampling Bill Signed by Oklahoma Governor

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 813 authorizes the holder to provide certain amounts of alcohol free of charge to customers for consumption on the holder’s premises. Read More

DE License Privilege Bill Becomes Law

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 125 would allow licensed Delaware brewery pubs and microbreweries to affiliate with other in-state or out-of-state brewers while retaining their current license privileges so long as production does not exceed 6 million barrels annually. …Read More

Farm Brewery ChangesBecome Law in Oregon

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 287 authorizes a farm brewery to be established as a permitted use on land zoned for exclusive farm use or mixed farm and forest use provided the farm brewery: produces less than 150,000 barrels of …Read More

Changes to Hawaii Draft Beer Regs with Governor

On the Governor’s desk, Senate Bill 772 seek to repeal the requirement that there be attached a clear and legible notice, placard, or marker upon the faucet, spigot, or outlet wherefrom the draught beer is drawn. Also require rules adopted …Read More

Beer-to-Go Bill on Governor’s Desk

Awaiting the Governor’s signature, House Bill 1545, reauthorizing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) , also: provides for the ability of production breweries to sell a case equivalent amount of beer for off-premises consumption; removes the distinction between beer and …Read More

IL Distribution Agreement Provision Advances

Assigned to House committee following Senate passage, S.B. 996 provides that a brewer may cancel an agreement with a wholesaler without notice, unless otherwise provided by agreement, if there has been a revocation or suspension of a license or permit …Read More

Tax Hike Proposed by Illinois Governor

The Governor has proposed raising the per-gallon tax on alcohol beverages, with the beer rate increasing 4.6 cents to 27.7 cents/gallon. 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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