Signed by the Governor, S.B. 290, the ABC Regulatory Reform Bill, with respect to malt beverages allows for: malt beverage tastings at farmers markets; on-premises and off-premises malt beverage permit holders to allow permittees to transfer malt beverages to another on-premises or off-premises malt beverage permittee that is under common ownership or control of the transferor (four times/year); the sale to a patron of not more than two malt beverages at one time; the exemption of breweries not engaged in the preparation of food on the premises from the health code regulations governing the sanitation of establishments that prepare or serve drink or food for pay; and breweries to sell the malt beverages owned by the brewery for on- or off-premises consumption, regardless of the results of any malt beverage election, upon obtaining the appropriate permit.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association (BA). 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.See Pete Johnson's Articles