House Bill 2223 provides a new definition of “craft producer” to mean a licensed farm winery, a licensed microbrewery or a licensed craft distiller and further provides that such craft producer’s representative may consume small amounts and may serve the products of the licensed craft producer on the premises of an off-sale retailer or a retailer with off-sale privileges for the purpose of sampling the products of the craft producer. Additionally, the bill provides for the issuance of microbrewery festival and fair licenses and increases the total market value of promotional items furnished by a wholesaler to a retailer in any calendar year from $500 to $700 and specifically prohibiting the provision of refrigerators.
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