Rewritten to address concerns raised in an administrative lawsuit filed against the state (since dropped) which called into question the ability of breweries to operate taprooms, Senate Bill 186 now authorizes the issuance of vendor’s licenses to manufacturers of malt beverages for the sale of alcoholic beverages on property that includes a brewery. It deletes the requirement that the licensed property must include “other structures which promote the brewery and the tourist industry of the state” in order to be eligible to be a vendor-licensed brewer. The bill retains previously included provisions to authorize the sale of malt beverages packaged in individual containers of 32, 64 or 128 ounces by certain license holders if they are filled at the point of sale and have an unbroken seal or are incapable of being immediately consumed. Each container must also be imprinted or labeled with information specifying the manufacturer and the brand of malt beverage.
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