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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

Self-Distribution and Franchise Addressed in ME Bill

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 bill also sets …Read More

Following Investigation, Keg Importers to Pay Antidumping Duties

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that preliminary determinations in the antidumping duty investigations of imports of refillable stainless steel kegs from China, Germany, and Mexico have been made, finding that exporters from China, Germany, and Mexico have dumped refillable …Read More

Retail Cooler Lease Extension Approved in MO

Signed into law, Senate Bill 197 would extend the expiration of the statutory language giving brewers the ability to lease to retailers portable refrigeration units to January 1, 2026. Read More

USDA Issues Opinion on 2018 Farm Bill Hemp-related Provisions

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a legal opinion to address questions raised by several hemp-related provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2018, better known as the 2018 Farm Bill. The USDA opinion clarifies four areas of …Read More

Montana Tasting Room Hours Bill Dies

Dying in committee, H.B. 185 sought to extend the hours for small breweries to serve beer at a sample room to between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Read More

Financial Interest Provision Becomes Law in Alabama

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 404 would permit a small manufacturer of beer to have a financial interest in a brewpub under certain conditions. Read More

Alcohol Advisory Group Nixed in MT

A proposal to create the Alcohol Advisory Council, charged with studying and reporting on all aspects of alcohol in the state, failed to advance from committee. Read More

Tasting Room Sales Measure Intro’d in Alabama

House Bill 542 seeks to allow a licensed manufacturer of alcoholic beverages to dispense and sell at its on-site tasting room, alcoholic beverages that are manufactured in this state but not by the manufacturer, so long as the other manufacturer …Read More

Nano Sampling Bill Signed into Law

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 597 seeks to allow nano brewery licensees to distribute samples at a wine manufacturer’s facility and wine manufacturer licensees to distribute samples at a nano brewery. 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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