Failing to clear committee, The Reform on Tap Act of 2018 (H.B. 518) sought to provide for: no limits for Class 5 or Class 7 brewery taproom sales; no limits for take-home sales; no limits on production of beer; no tour or special events requirements for Class 5 take-home sales; repeals the “buy-back” provision for Class 5 taproom sales; hours of taproom operations to be determined by local governments; brewers producing less than 300,000 barrels of beer annually are not subject to franchise laws; unlimited self-distribution permitted for brewers producing less than 300,000 barrels of beer annually; contract brewing is permitted; lifts taproom sale restrictions on contract brewed beer; establishes a two-year provisional license for start-up brewers who are contracting beer.
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