Failing to advance from committee, House Bill 480 sought to establish the Maryland Brewery Promotion Program and Fund in the Department of Commerce. The program would have provided grants designed to assist Maryland breweries, educate the public about brewing in Maryland, and promote Maryland beer with funding coming from the revenue collected from the existing 9 cents per gallon alcoholic beverages tax on beer produced at Maryland breweries.
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