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Off Sales at State Fair Signed in IN

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 1518 provides, among many provisions, that a holder of a permit for the State Fairgrounds may, if the permit holder is a small brewery, farm winery, or artisan distillery, sell the alcoholic beverages produced by …Read More

Beer-to-Go Bill Passes Texas House

House Bill 1545, reauthorizing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, was amended in the House prior to passage to allow production breweries to sell beer-to-go. Read More

TTB Issues Industry Circular on Hemp Ingredients

The Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has issued Industry Circular 2019-1, Hemp Ingredients in Alcohol Beverage Formulas, addressing the ability of industry members to produce alcohol beverages containing ingredients derived from hemp, such as cannabidiol (CBD). The circular explains current …Read More

Maine Labling Legislation Signed into Law

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 66 requires that all malt liquor, wine, hard cider and low-alcohol spirits products imported to, exported from or sold in Maine bear a label approved by the United States Department of the Treasury, Alcohol …Read More

Changes to TX Brewer Permit Abilities Approved

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 928 amends the Alcoholic Beverage Code to authorize a brewer’s permit holder to import ale and malt liquor for manufacturing purposes from a nonresident brewer’s permit holder and to mix and blend the imported ale …Read More

New TTB Guidance on Reduced Excise Tax Rates

The Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has posted further information of interest to brewers as part of the continuing effort to provide guidance concerning reduced excise tax rates. The new information concerns how the rates apply to production at multiple …Read More

Excise Tax Increase Fails in ME

Failing to advance from committee, House Bill 793, sought for the purpose of reducing the incidence of domestic violence and suicides, to increase the excise taxes imposed on spirits, malt liquor, fortified wines and hard cider and the sales tax …Read More

Promotional Info Posting OK’d in Washington

Signed into law, S.B. 5394 authorizes liquor manufacturers, distributors, and their licensed representatives to post and share on their websites and social media accounts, promotional information and images, related to certain events at on-premises liquor retailers’ premises or licensed special …Read More

Proposal to Allow Alcohol through the Mail Introduced in Congress

H.R. 2517, the USPS Shipping Equity Act, would end the prohibition on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) from shipping alcoholic beverages to consumers. Read More

Brewery Modernization Bill Signed by MD Governor

Signed into law, H.B. 1010, the Brewery Modernization Act of 2019, contains a host of provisions enhancing the retail, production and distribution abilities for several classes of breweries. 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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