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Sales Tax Exemption Proposed in New York

Senate Bill 6556 would exempt the beer, cider and distilled spirits provided by a licensed brewery, farm brewery, cider producer, farm cidery, distillery or farm distillery for a consumer tasting from sales tax. Read More

Promotion Council Proposed

Companion legislation A.B. 2305 and S.B. 4118 seek to establish the New York craft beverage council within the department of economic development to develop a marketing strategy to promote the state’s fine wines, spirits and craft brews. Read More

Alcohol Laws Under Review

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of a working group of industry leaders to recommend revisions to New York State’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws. The group, which includes Steve Hindy (co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery) and Nick Matt (Chairman and CEO …Read More

Beer-Related Advisories Issued in NY

The New York State Liquor Authority has issued several advisories relating to brewing, brewers and beer: Read More

Reduced Filing Requirement Proposal Approved in New York

Signed into law by the Governor, Assembly Bill 7106 seeks to exempt brewers who produce less than 60,000 barrels of beer a year from the requirement to file annual information returns with the department of taxation and finance. Read More

Powdered Alcohol Prohibition Becomes Law in New York

Signed into law, S.B. 1757 would prohibit the sale or offering for sale of any powdered or crystalline alcohol. Read More

New York State Tasting Restrictions Loosened

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 5333 allows retail establishments to conduct tastings without the manufacturer or wholesaler being present. Read More

Reduced Filing Requirement Proposal Before NY Governor

Before the Governor for action, Assembly Bill 7106 seeks to exempt brewers who produce less than 60,000 barrels of beer a year from the requirement to file annual information returns with the department of taxation and finance. Read More

Powdered Alcohol Prohibition On NY Governor’s Desk

Before the Governor for action, S.B. 1757 would prohibit the sale or offering for sale of any powdered or crystalline alcohol. Read More

Expanded Farm Licensees Sales Proposal Advances in New York

Passing the Senate, Senate Bill 5707 seeks to authorize farm breweries to sell wine and spirits manufactured by a licensed farm winery or farm distillery, and to authorize farm wineries to sell beer and spirits by a licensed farm 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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