Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 155 allows on- and off-premise sales starting at 10 am on Sundays with local governing body approval. Additionally, the legislation allows: retailers (including brewery taprooms) to sell crowlers; sampling during production for quality control and employee education; breweries to sell unfortified wine without the requirement to also serve food; and transportation of homebrew and homemade wine for competitions. Finally, it authorizes off-site storage locations for breweries, wineries and distilleries and supports farmhouse breweries that operate in a dry county.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. 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