Passing the House, House Bill 1690 seeks to privatize the sale of wine and spirits, creating 1,200 wine and liquor enhanced permits available for purchase by licensed beer distributors for 6 months after enactment. Such permits will create a one-stop shop for consumers, offering beer, wine, and spirits under one roof for purchase. After the 6 month right-of-first refusal has expired, any of the remaining licenses not purchased will be available via public auction to any qualified bidder. The legislation further provides for wine and liquor expanded permits for a restaurant or hotel, allowing the limited sale of wine and spirits to go from the licensed premises. The legislation also creates a grocery store permit that would permit a grocery store to sell limited wine to go.
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