Signed by the Governor, H.B. 718 provides that malt liquor served at a taste-testing event must be: (1) purchased by the retail licensee from a wholesale licensee; (2) purchased, at the retail price, by a licensed sales representative participating in the taste-testing event from existing stock available for purchase at the retail licensee’s premises; or (3) provided by a licensed sales representative participating in the taste-testing event or by a manufacturer participating in the taste-testing event and purchased in the State at the retail price. After the taste-testing event is concluded, the licensed sales representative or manufacturer shall remove all products supplied for the taste-testing event from the licensee’s premises.
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