ABV and Growler Changes Clear WV Legislature

Passing both chambers of the legislature, Senate Bill 529, among a variety of provisions, removes the two-growler limit per patron per day for licensees who sell growlers for off premises consumption; increases allowable growler size to no larger than 128 ounces; provides for certain growler licensees to conduct complimentary samplings; creates a one-day special license for certain nonprofit and tax exempt entities hosting artistic, athletic, charitable, educational, or religious events to purchase and sell nonintoxicating beer and nonintoxicating craft beer; allows nonintoxicating beer and nonintoxicating craft beer to have a maximum alcohol content of 15 percent by volume; and removes the bond requirements for brewers, resident brewers, and distributors.


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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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