Passing the legislature, Senate Bill 357 amends the Michigan Liquor Control Code to allow a manufacturer that sold direct to a retailer or a wholesaler to refund to a retailer the amount the retailer paid for beer or wine, as applicable, or allow such a manufacturer or a wholesaler to replace that beer or wine for any of the following reasons: the beer or wine was outdated; the beer or wine was defective; there was an error in the beer or wine delivered; the beer or wine could no longer be lawfully sold; the retailer’s business terminated; the formula, proof, label, or container of the beer or wine was changed; the beer or wine was discontinued; the retailer was open only a portion of the year and the beer or wine was likely to spoil during the off-season. If the beer were within 30 days of its out-of-date code, a manufacturer that sold direct to a retailer or a wholesaler could refund to a retailer the amount it paid for the beer. A manufacturer that sold direct to a retailer or a wholesaler could issue a refund or replacement under these provisions only for beer or wine that the manufacturer or wholesaler sold to the retailer.
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