House File 521 contains the final recommendations from a working group spearheaded by the State Alcoholic Beverages Division and appointed by the Governor to review and suggest changes to state liquor laws. Among various provisions, the bill seeks to simplify the brewery permitting process and allow brewpubs to sell growlers for off premise consumption without the need to first sell that beer to a distributor and then buy it back. Any other packaged beer would still need to move through a distributor before being sold for off premise consumption.
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