Failing on a floor vote after being given a “do not pass” recommendation in committee, House Bill 1303 sought to provide a new definition “diluted beverages” to mean alcoholic beverages prepared from the admixture of spirits or wine with water, dairy products, fruit juices, or vegetable juices, to which natural flavors, artificial flavors, sweetening agents, or food additives may be added to produce a beverage distinct from the spirits or wine. The term would not have included beverages containing twelve and one – half percent or more of alcohol by volume.
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