The Kentucky Guild of Brewers has filed a formal protest with the state Alcohol Beverage Commission regarding the attempted acquisition of an Owensboro wholesaler by Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI), expressing concern that market access options for small brewers would be significantly diminished should that deal be approved. The Guild has been joined in that protest by several individual Kentucky ABI distributors, Kentucky retailers, the Kentucky Beer Wholesalers Association (MillerCoors distributors), the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Association.
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