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NC Self-Distribution and Franchise Bill Signed by Governor

Signed into law, H.B. 363 would allow brewery permittees that sell fewer than 100,000 barrels of malt beverages produced by the brewery each year to self-distribute up to 50,000 barrels of malt beverages manufactured by the brewery per year to …Read More

CA Glassware Bill Moves to Senate

Passing the Assembly, A.B. 1133 allows a beer manufacturer up to give up to five cases of glassware – a total of 120 pieces – to an on-sale retail licensee, as specified, and allows an on-sale retail licensee to accept, …Read More

Wide-Ranging Alcohol Bill Moves in NC

Passing initial committee consideration, House Bill 536, seeks to revise numerous provisions of the state’s alcoholic beverage control laws. Proposed changes affecting the craft beer industry include: allowing breweries to produce private label brands for retail permittees; clarifying contract brewing …Read More

Water Regs Study Group Clears CA Senate

Passing the Senate, Senate Bill 166 would require the State Water Resources Control Board to convene a study group by December 1, 2021, to advise the Legislature on policies regarding onsite process water reuse in breweries and wineries. Read More

OK Charitable Collab Bill Becomes Law

Becoming law with the Governor’s signature, S.B. 936 creates a Charitable Collaboration Brewer License. The license authorizes a licensee to sell beer to beer distributers, qualified persons out of the state, serve limited and free samples of the charitable collaboration …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

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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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