Stripped of its House amendments and sent to the Governor, Senate Bill 919 allows a brewer to lease portable refrigeration units to retail licensees at a value equal to the cost of the unit to the brewer. A brewer may also enter into lease agreements with wholesalers, who may enter into sub-lease agreements with retail licensees at a value equal to the cost of the unit to the brewer. A wholesaler may not directly or indirectly fund the cost or maintenance of the portable refrigeration units. Under this act, no portable refrigeration unit may exceed certain height, width, and depth dimensions and the portable refrigeration unit must bear in a conspicuous manner substantial advertising matter about a product or products of the brewer. No retail location may have more than two units and a retail licensee may sell any product from such units. Additionally, the bill allows any person who is licensed to sell intoxicating liquor in the original package at retail to sell 32 to 128 ounces of draft beer for consumption off the 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