Signed into law by the Governor, House Bill 3237 allows a manufacturer, distributor, or importing distributor to furnish free social media advertising to a person having a retail license if the social media advertisement does not contain the retail price of any alcoholic liquor. The bill also establishes a class 2 brewer license for a person who is a holder of a brewer license or non-resident dealer license who manufactures up to 120,000 barrels of beer per year for sale to a licensed importing distributor or distributor; changes the name of the craft brewer license to class 1 brewer license and prohibits the holder from being a member of or affiliated with, directly or indirectly, a manufacturer that produces more than 30,000 barrels of beer per year or any other alcoholic liquor; increases the amount of beer that a brew pub may sell for off-premises consumption to 5,000 barrels per year. In a provision concerning approval for a self-distribution exemption for a class 1 brewer licensee, adds a requirement that the class 1 brewer licensee must relinquish any brew pub license held by the licensee, including any ownership interest held in the licensed brew pub.
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