In the aftermath of a Franklin County circuit court ruling that the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) must issue Anheuser-Busch Inbev (ABI) a distributor’s license for the Budweiser of Owensboro distributorship, the Director of the Kentucky ABC Malt Beverage Division has conditionally approved the license pending submission of further documentation to clarify information which has been deemed either incomplete or inaccurate. The director expressed ongoing concerns, however, relating to access to market issues for craft brewers. ABI’s acquisition had been opposed by the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, The National Beer Wholesalers Association, the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Association, the MillerCoors wholesalers, several of the state’s ABI distributors and retailers.
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