Stalled in House committee, S.B. 527, among a host of provisions, seeks to: exclude ready-to-drink cocktails from the mixed beverage charge; allow industry members to provide up to $600 (currently $300) worth of retailer advertising specialty items and product displays per brand per year to a retail permittee; and amends the definition of “bar” to include a brewery, winery, or distillery.
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