Passing the House and under Senate consideration, House Bill 1283 seeks to makes the following changes to the sampling and sale of beer by a Class 5 brewery: Beer that is sampled and sold on-site or at a brewery promotional event, must be fermented and brewed entirely at the brewery and under the trade name of the license holder; a brewery may serve, at no charge, samples of beer consisting of a total of not more than 18 ounces of beer per day. This limit also applies to samples at a brewery promotional event; a local licensing board may grant an on-site consumption permit to a brewery, but is not required to do so; a brewery may sell 2,000 barrels of its beer each year for on-premises consumption, instead of the current 500 barrels; a license holder may also apply to the Comptroller to request permission to sell up to 1,000 additional barrels under specified circumstances; and a holder of a Class 5 brewery license and an appropriate permit or license for on-premises consumption may only exercise the sales and serving privileges from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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