Approved by the Governor, Senate Bill 440 would allow winegrowers and small brewers to obtain wine or beer directly from a winegrower or small brewer without going through a licensed New Mexico wholesaler. The bill will allow winegrowers to sell beer produced by New Mexico small brewers without manufacturing beer or having the licenses and permits to manufacture beer, and will allow small brewers to sell wine produced by New Mexico winegrowers without manufacturing wine or having the licenses and permits to manufacture wine. The bill also increases the number of off-premises locations allowable for small brewers from two to three.
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