Senate Bill 834 and companion H.B. 1924 changes the definition of equipment and supplies by removing glassware and provides that wholesalers, brewers, distillers, and winemakers may install only non-refrigeration beer, or non-refrigeration distilled spirits and wine and beer dispensing accessories at a retail business establishment. Any other dispensing accessories not listed in this act shall be sold in the same manner as other equipment and supplies. Further, certain dispensing items listed in this act may be loaned by a wholesaler, brewer, distiller, or winemaker to a retailer only if a deposit is given by the retailer. The bill also increases the total value of product displays that a distiller, wholesaler, winemaker, or brewer may give or sell to retail businesses from $300 to $500 and the total value of all permanent point-of-sale advertising materials provided to a retail business from $500 to $800, excluding the replacement of similar materials.
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