Passing the full House, House Bill 466 seeks to privatize the sale of wine and spirits through the creation of 1,200 Wine and Spirits Retail Licenses. These licenses would be available to existing beer distributors for the first twelve months after enactment. At the conclusion of this twelve month period, any remaining licenses would be offered to the general public at a substantially higher cost. Beer distributors would have the ability to sell 6-packs and 12-packs of beer in addition to the cases that they currently sell. Additionally, restaurants and taverns would have the ability to sell up to four 6-packs or two 12-packs as opposed to the single 12-pack and two 6-packs they are currently allowed.
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