Passed by both legislative chambers, S.B. 3038 would allow craft alcoholic beverage manufacturers (defined as a limited brewery license, cidery and meadery license, and craft distillery license holder) to hold not more than 25 off-premises special events and an unlimited number of on-premises special events and private parties. In addition, these license holders would be entitled to hold not more than 25 social affair events hosted by the holder of a social affair permit; to offer for sale or make the gratuitous offering of de minimis food items including, but not limited to, packaged crackers, chips, nuts, and similar snacks to consumers; to sell non-alcoholic beverages; to coordinate with a food vendor, including food trucks and restaurants, for the provision of food on the licensed premises and provide menus to consumers for the sale of food; to offer discounts for promotional purposes, provide targeted discounts, and establish membership programs that offer discounts; to show or display any televised program on televisions or other screening devices of any number or size on the licensed premises without the need to provide notice to or obtain a permit from the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control prior to showing or displaying any televised event; to sell beverages for on-site consumption without having to give a tour; and to allow holders of restricted brewery licenses to manufacture 300,000 barrels/year (currently 10,000 barrels/year) and to directly sell and distribute to retailers 50 percent of the beer that is produced on premises in each year.
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