Passing initial committee consideration, House Bill 961 seeks to provide that a vendor licensed to sell malt beverages for on-premises consumption may accept glassware from a distributor, at no charge, subject to the following conditions: the distributor has received the glassware at no direct or indirect charge from a malt beverage manufacturer, importer, brand owner or registrant of malt beverage, or any broker, sales agent, or sales person thereof; the glassware is for on-premises consumption; the glassware advertises a permanent and prominent brand name; the total pieces of glassware, per licensed premises, does not exceed 15 cases per calendar year; and the vendor may not sell the glassware or return it to a distributor for cash, credit, or replacement. Non-branded glassware, as well as branded glassware furnished by anyone other than a distributor, remains subject to the tied house evil prohibition in current law. The bill further specifies that malt beverage-branded glassware used at any licensed premises is intended to be used only to serve consumers the brand advertised on the glassware. The bill’s provision allowing a vendor licensed to sell malt beverages for on-premises consumption to accept glassware from a distributor at no charge expires on June 30, 2021, unless reviewed and saved from repeal through reenactment by the Legislature.
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