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Reduced Filing Requirement Proposal Advances in New York

Passing both legislative chambers, 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

N.Y. Powdered Alcohol Prohibition Advances

Passing both legislative chambers, S.B. 1757 would prohibit the sale or offering for sale of any powdered or crystalline alcohol. Read More

N.Y. Sampling and Sales Bill Gets Senate Approval

Passing the full Senate, Senate Bill 1860 provides for permits for brewers, manufacturers, and importers to serve small samples of their beer or malt beverages at certain events; includes fees and definition of small sample; includes the privilege to sell …Read More

Expanded Farm Licensees Sales Proposed in N.Y.

A.B. 7960 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 or farm distillery. Read More

Sampling and Sales Bill Awaits Vote in New York

Awaiting a full Senate vote, Senate Bill 1860 provides for permits for brewers, manufacturers, and importers to serve small samples of their beer or malt beverages at certain events; includes fees and definition of small sample; includes the privilege to …Read More

NY Craft Beverage Marketing Council Proposed

Before the full Senate for a vote, S.B. 4118 establishes 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

Reduced Filing Requirement Sought in New York

Passing the full Assembly, 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

NY Powdered Alcohol Prohibition Advances

Passing the Senate, S.B. 1757 would prohibit the sale or offering for sale of any powdered or crystalline alcohol. Read More

NY Bill to Help Small Brewers with Annual Returns

Senate Bill 4282 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

New York Eying Tax Credit for Breweries

Assembly Bill 5422 would provide a tax credit to wineries, breweries and distilleries for bottling, packaging, and labeling expenses. 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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