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New Hampshire Agrotourism Bill Passes Legislature

Passing both legislative chambers, H.B. 598 would establish a commission to study beer and wine agritourism in New Hampshire. Read More

DE License Privilege Bill Advances

Passing the House and initial Senate committee consideration, H.B. 125 would allow licensed Delaware brewery pubs and microbreweries to affiliate with other in-state or out-of-state brewers while retaining their current license privileges so long as production does not exceed 6 …Read More

Tied House Revision Proposed in NY

A.B. 7258 seeks to limit the application of the New York’s “tied-house” provisions to retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers licensed by the New York State Liquor Authority. Read More

FL Franchise Exemptions Fail to Advance

Dying in committee, House Bill 903 sought to provide for limited exemptions to the current regulations regarding distribution agreements between beer distributors and manufacturers, as follows: 1) exempts small breweries (i.e. total production volume does not exceed 150,000 gallons of …Read More

NC Self-Distribution and Franchise Bill Moves to Senate

Under committee consideration in the Senate, 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 …Read More

Franchise and Self-Distribution Addressed in GA Bill

House Bill 738 allows a small brewer (defined as a brewer whose sales of products to such brewer’s wholesaler do not exceed 15 percent of the wholesaler’s total sales in the prior calendar year) to terminate a wholesaler agreement with …Read More

OK Charitable Collab Bill Sent to Senate

Passing the House with amendments, S.B. 936 creates a Charitable Collaboration Brewer License. The license authorizes a licensee to sell beer to beer distributers, qualified persons out of the state, serve limited and free samples of the charitable collaboration beer, …Read More

Changes to Hawaii Draft Beer Regs with Governor

On the Governor’s desk, Senate Bill 772 seek to repeal the requirement that there be attached a clear and legible notice, placard, or marker upon the faucet, spigot, or outlet wherefrom the draught beer is drawn. Also require rules adopted …Read More

OK Gov Signs Direct Sales Legislation

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 728 authorizes the holder of a mixed beverage license which is also a restaurant or an on-premises beer and wine license to directly purchase wine and beer from a winemaker and a small brewer respectively. Read More

IL Distribution Agreement Provision Advances

Passing the Senate, S.B. 996 provides that a brewer may cancel an agreement with a wholesaler without notice, unless otherwise provided by agreement, if there has been a revocation or suspension of a license or permit to sell beer in …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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