Amended on third reading in the Senate, Assembly Bill 2307 increases the limit, from six to eight, of authorized branch office locations for a licensed beer manufacturer and increases the corresponding limit, from two to four, on these branch locations being bona fide eating places owned and operated by the beer manufacturer. A beer manufacturer cannot receive its last two duplicate branch office licenses until the manufacturer has held its sixth duplicate branch license for at least one year. This bill also repeals the requirement that a branch office location only sell beer and wine purchased from a licensed wholesaler that is not owned by the beer manufacturer and increases the number of locations to eight at which a beer manufacturer may exercise retail privileges, provided that no more than six of the locations may be on-sale licenses.
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