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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

AL Governor Signs Excise Tax Measure

Signed into law, Senate Bill 404 provides that the excise tax on beer is to be levied at the time the beer is allocated by the brewery or brewpub for retail sale rather than at the time it is …Read More

New Jersey Issues Rules Defining Small Brewer Abilities

The state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control has issued a Special Ruling defining allowable activities for limited (i.e. craft) brewery licensees. The ruling covers issues related to on- and off-premises events, brewery tours, food on brewery premises, and certain …Read More

Sampling Bill Clears AL Legislature

Before the Governor for action, Senate Bill 276 authorizes wineries, distilleries, and breweries that conduct tastings and samplings and that are located within an entertainment district to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption within the entertainment district. Read More

Production Expansion Sought in NY

S.B. 5427 seeks to expands the number of barrels that a restaurant brewer may sell at retail. Read More

Arkansas Governor Signs Brewery Expansion Bill

Signed into law, Act 681, allows for the operation of microbrewery-restaurants in dry counties. Read More

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

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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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