S.B. 450 seeks to authorize a licensed wholesaler to transfer from a permitted microbrewery to another permitted microbrewery up to 50% of the total manufactured beverages sold at the receiving microbrewery provided all of the following conditions are met: (1) The microbrewery receiving the transferred manufactured beverages be wholly owned by the permitted microbrewery that brews the manufactured beverages authorized for transfer; (2) The receiving microbrewery have, at a minimum, a 10-barrel brewing system; (3) The microbrewery receiving the manufactured beverages be responsible for paying all state and local sales taxes and all federal, state, and local excise taxes on the transferred manufactured beverages; (4) Only one permitted microbrewery within the same municipality be allowed to receive the transfer of manufactured beverages.
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