Following passage by the legislature, the Governor has declined to approve provisions of Senate Bill 204 which sought to allow for New Mexico winegrowers and New Mexico brewers to sell and serve New Mexico wine and New Mexico beer at private celebrations that are off of the licensed premises, allowing for sales to begin at 11 a.m. in any local option district. As proposed for small brewer’s and winegrowers, the term “private celebration” meant any celebratory activity that is held in a private or public venue not open to the general public and for which attendance is subject to private invitation. A “private celebration” may be held on or off the winegrower’s or the brewer’s premises after the applicable fees have been paid and the appropriate permit has been issued.
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