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New York Addresses Small Samples at Events

S.B. 1860 provides for permits for brewers, manufacturers, and importers to serve small samples (three ounces or less) of their beer or malt beverages at specified events. Read More

New York Bill Seeks to Prohibit Sale of Powdered or Crystalline Alcohol Products

Senate Bill 1757 seeks to prohibit the sale or offering for sale of any powdered or crystalline alcohol product. Read More

New York Looking to Establish State Craft Beverage Council

A.B. 2305 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

NY Bill Seeks to Authorize Credit

Assembly Bill 1719 seeks to authorize a credit for beer produced within New York City by a taxpayer that is registered as a distributor. Read More

New York Bill Could Increase Tax on Beer

Senate Bill 1553 seeks to increase the gallonage tax on beer to 24 cents (a 10 cent increase). Read More

Brewery Promotion Signed into Law

Signed by the Governor, A.B. 8679 provides that the state policy with regard to the alcoholic beverage control law shall be to promote economic development and job opportunities in the beer, wine and liquor industries of the state. Read More

Alcohol Summit Proposals Become Law

A.B.10122, legislation codifying recommendations arising from Governor Cuomo’s Wine, Beer, Spirits, and Cider Summit held earlier this year, has been signed into law. The measure ensures the state’s continued support of the growing craft beverage industry by cutting burdensome requirements …Read More

Governor Cuomo Announces New York Craft Brewer Workgroup

Governor Cuomo has announced the formation of New York Craft Brewer Workgroup to deliver recommendations on furthering the growth of the state’s craft beer industry. Read More

New York Liquor Authority Releases Labeling Guidance

The New York Liquor Authority has released guidance providing ingredient standards for New York State labelled beer and beer produced by farm breweries. Accompanying advisories address distilleries and cideries. Read More

Craft-friendly Legislation Passes Both NY Legislative Chambers

A.B. 10122, legislation codifying recommendations arising from Governor Cuomo’s Wine, Beer, Spirits, and Cider Summit held earlier this year, has passed both legislative chambers. The measure ensures the state’s continued support of the growing craft beverage industry by cutting burdensome …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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