Maryland Brewery Modernization Act Proposed

Senate Bill 801, the Brewery Modernization Act of 2019, seeks to increase the taproom sales limit to 5,000 barrels for both class 5 and 7 breweries with no required buyback provision and codifies the right for the former class to engage in on-premise sales; removes the tour requirement for off-premise sales; increases the production cap for class 7 breweries to 45,000 barrels and allows those license holders one additional license in the state.


  1. Senate Bill 801

Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. 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.

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