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Guidance Provided on Requirements for Brand Label Registration

The New York State Liquor Authority has issued guidance concerning requirements for brand label registration. Read More

New York Cuts Red Tape for Craft Brewers

As part of the second Wine, Beer, Spirits, and Cider Summit held earlier this year, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an agreement with legislative leaders on a measure that will continue the state’s support of the growing craft beverage industry …Read More

NY Senator Schumer Stops by Saranac to Discuss Proposed Ruling on Spent Grain

Senator Charles Schumer recently stopped by Saranac, a small brewery in New York, to discuss the FDA's proposed ruling on spent grain and the effect it could have on local breweries and farmers. Read More

Senator Schumer Visits Rooster Fish Brewing and Talks Excise Tax Reduction

As a member of the Small Brewers Caucus and a co-sponsor of the Small BREW Act, Senator Schumer continues to be a supporter of small brewers in New York. Recently, he paid a visit to Rooster Fish Brewing.Read More

Congressman Dan Maffei Meets with Small Brewers in New York

Recently, Congressman Maffei sat down with small brewers at Empire Brewing Company to discuss ways to support this growing industry.Read More

Senator Casey Urges Excise Tax Reform During Brewery Visit

Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania recently stopped by East End Brewing Company. During his visit he promoted the Small BREW Act, S. 917, which would provide a federal excise tax reduction for small breweries.Read More

Congressman Tonko and Other Government Officials Attend Shmaltz Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Coinciding with the first day of American Craft Beer Week, Shmaltz Brewing Company hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new Clifton Park, NY brewery.Read More

NY Governor Cuomo Signs Franchise Reform Bill

With Wednesday August 1 set as a deadline for the Governor to act, the pending NY franchise reform bill was signed into law. Read More

NY Governor Cuomo Signs Craft-Friendly Bill

After passing in both the state Assembly and Senate, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that will help strengthen the craft brewing industry in NY.Read More

Brewers Association Member Outreach Results in Congressional Brewery Visits

As part of its mission to promote and protect the craft brewing industry, the BA continues to work with member breweries to advance small brewer excise tax legislation and build relationships with their elected officials. As part of its mission to promotRead 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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