Signed into law, H.B. 363 would allow brewery permittees that sell fewer than 100,000 barrels of malt beverages produced by the brewery each year to self-distribute up to 50,000 barrels of malt beverages manufactured by the brewery per year to unaffiliated retail permittees. The bill would also provide that only breweries that sell fewer than 25,000 barrels of malt beverages produced by the brewery per year may terminate a franchise agreement in the absence of good cause. Also includes language further protecting distributors in several areas.
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