Signed by the Governor for action, Senate Bill 126, among multiple provisions, would add the definition of “nonrefrigeration dispensing accessories” (which includes beer and gas hoses, faucets, taps, and other accessories necessary to preserve and serve intoxicating liquor that are not self-refrigerating) and allow a wholesaler or brewer to install non-refrigeration dispensing accessories at a retail business establishment to properly preserve and serve draught beer or premixed distilled spirit beverages. Additionally, a distiller, wholesaler, winemaker, or brewer may furnish, give, or sell cleaning and sanitation services to a retailer to preserve product integrity of distilled spirits, wine, or malt beverages. The bill also provides that the replacement of similar permanent point-of-sale advertising materials that are damaged and non-functioning shall not apply toward the annual allowed maximum of $500 and the definitions of “equipment and supplies”, “temporary point-of-sale advertising materials”, “permanent point-of-sale advertising materials”, and “product display” are modified.
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