Signed by the Governor, House Bill 1304 specifies that beer brewed for personal or family use to be distributed at an organized event with a general admission fee at which the beer is available without a separate charge must not be deemed a retail sale. The person who brewed the beer must not receive any portion of the admission fee and all consumption must be conducted off licensed retail premises as authorized by specified types of temporary retail licenses or on a tax-exempt organization’s premises. Additionally, an “original package” as it currently applies to a permit authorizing the sale of malt liquor must be construed as any package containing three or more standard bottles of beer. The bill changes it to any package containing one or more standard bottles, cans, or pouches of beer.
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