Becoming law, H.B. 5331 eliminates the current wine festival permit and establishes a new festival permit for all manufacturers of alcoholic liquor (e.g., spirits, wine, and beer); allows beer manufacturers and certain Connecticut craft cafes to sell beer brewed in collaboration with another beer manufacturer (e.g., sharing a recipe or providing at least 49% of the ingredients or labor); and requires water pollution control authorities to disregard the volume of water that beer manufacturer permittees consumed when establishing or revising sewer charges.
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