Taken up by the Senate following Assembly passage, A.B. 4319 seeks to extend the temporary ability of bars and restaurants to sell and deliver alcoholic beverages in closed and sealed containers (including crowlers and growlers of beer) beyond any COVID-19-related end date. Additionally, the bill would allow holders of a winery, limited brewery, craft distillery, or cidery and meadery license to hold an unlimited number of on-premises activities, to hold extended premises activities which would include activities occurring on an outdoor area either adjacent to or adjoining the licensed premises, to participate in up to 25 off-premises events per year, removes from current law a provision requiring the holder of a limited brewery license or distillery license to provide a tour of the facility when selling the brewery’s or distillery’s respective products for consumption on the licensed premises, and establishes guidelines for beer, wine, and distilled spirits festivals. Finally, the bill seeks to allow the holder of a limited brewery, craft distillery, or cidery and meadery license to deliver its product to a consumer’s home, sell non-alcoholic beverages, coordinate with a restaurant, food vendor, or food truck to provide food on the licensed premises, and provide menus to consumers. These licensees would continue to be prohibited from operating a restaurant on the licensed premises as required by current law.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. 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