Maryland Comptroller Unveils Legislative Proposal

Comptroller Peter Franchot announced a legislative proposal that would reform the laws and regulations governing the state’s craft breweries. The Reform on Tap Act of 2018 proposes to: remove all limits on beer production, taproom sales, and take-home sales; repeal the buy-back provision that requires brewers to purchase their beer from distributors if they exceed the current 2,000 barrel limit on taproom sales; lift restrictions on take-home sales; guarantee the issuance of Class B and D beer licenses to microbreweries on request; allow local jurisdictions to set guidelines for taproom operating hours; allow smaller breweries to self-distribute; eliminate franchise laws for certain brewers; and remove restrictions on contract brewing.


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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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