Passing the Senate, S.B. 839 seeks to repeal specified manufacturer’s permits and establishes a manufacturer off-site permit and a brewery special event permit. The bill authorizes a Class 8 farm brewery license to sell beer produced by the license holder for off-premises consumption and increases the maximum amount of beer specified holders of Class 7 limited beer wholesaler’s licenses may manufacture and distribute annually: a holder of a Class 7 limited beer wholesaler’s license, which was issued to a specified Class 5 brewery or a Class 7 micro-brewery is authorized to sell up to 5,000 barrels (instead of 3,000 barrels) of its own beer at wholesale annually. Additionally, the bill clarifies a Class 5 brewery and Class 7 micro-brewery may obtain the Class 7 limited beer wholesaler’s license if it produces in aggregate from all of its locations up to 45,000 of beer annually (instead of 22,500 barrels of beer annually).
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