Senate Bill 251 changes residency requirements for brewer and distributor licenses for residents of the state and authorizes combined licenses for brewers and brewpubs. Additionally, the bill: changes growler requirements and increases the daily number of growlers sold to customers: permits multiple licenses to individuals and the operation of a brewery, winery or distillery by the same company or individual; eliminates festival fees and allows breweries, wineries and distilleries to attend the same festival events; eliminates Sunday sale restrictions for brewers and brewpubs; and permits brewers to make their own analysis of the alcohol contents of their products and gravity readings.
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