H.B. 151 seeks to: define “small manufacturer” as a manufacturer that sells, on an annual basis, no more than 250,000 barrels of beer, 100,000 gallons of table wine, or 50,000 proof gallons of liquor, and that is no more than 25 percent owned, directly or indirectly, by a manufacturer that is not itself a small manufacturer; remove the requirements that a brewpub be located in a historical or economically distressed area, operate a restaurant or otherwise provide food and increase allowable production to 25,000 barrels (from 10,000); allow a licensed manufacturer of alcoholic beverages to dispense and sell at its on-site tasting room, in addition to their own alcoholic beverages, alcoholic beverages that are manufactured in this state but not by the manufacturer, so long as the other manufacturer is under common ownership with the brewery, winery, or distillery; allow a manufacturer to enter into alternating proprietorship arrangements with other manufacturers; and authorize manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of alcoholic beverages to enter into certain limited business or financial relationships that comply with federal law.
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