Failing to advance from committee House Bill 326 sought to increase the number of barrels allowed to be produced by a small brewery from 10,000 to 60,000, allow a licensed brewer that manufactures less than 60,000 barrels of beer per year to obtain a retail on-premise all-beverage license or a retail on-premise beer license, and allow a retail on-premise all-beverage license holder or a retail on-premise beer license holder to obtain a brewer’s license. Breweries with annual nationwide production between 10,000 and 60,000 barrels would have been limited to 500 barrels annually for on-premise consumption, however those with annual nationwide production between 100 and 10,000 barrels would not have been subject to this limitation.
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