Amended in the House following Senate passage, S.B. 326 would increase the amount of beer that could be manufactured with a microbrewery license, allowing production of between 100 and 60,000 barrels of domestic beer in a calendar year for each microbrewery license issued in the state. The bill also would specify that if a licensee has 10 percent or greater ownership interest in one or more entities that also hold a microbrewery license, the aggregate number of domestic barrels manufactured by all licenses under such common ownership could not exceed 60,000 barrels. Under current law, each license allows the production of between 100 and 30,000 barrels of beer in a calendar year. The bill would specify that a microbrewery licensee that also is licensed as a club or drinking establishment could sell and transfer domestic beer to that club or drinking establishment. Microbrewery licensees with 10 percent or greater ownership interest in one or more entities that also hold a microbrewery license would be allowed to manufacture and transfer domestic beer between the microbrewery licenses with common ownership for storage or sale.
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