A.B. 4518 (companion S.B. 2990) address issues related to the on- and off-premises abilities of limited and restricted brewery licensees, among which are: removes from current law the requirement that limited breweries provide a tour and that consumers take a tour of the brewery before they are able to purchase beverages for on-site consumption; allows the limited brewery license holder to offer for sale or make the gratuitous offering of de minimis food items and coordinate with a food vendor for the provision of food on the licensed premises and provide menus to consumers for the sale of food; allows limited breweries to hold an unlimited number of off-premises special events by obtaining a permit from the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and to hold an unlimited number of on-premises special events without the need to obtain a permit; increases annual production limits placed on restricted breweries from 10,000 barrels to 300,000 barrels per year and allows restricted breweries to sell their products directly to a retailer, rather than through a wholesaler.
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