Clearing committee, H.B. 3549 would allow an “emerging brewery” to, without good cause shown, terminate the right to distribute any brands of malt beverages for any licensed wholesaler to whom such emerging brewery has made regular sales of such brands of malt beverages. An emerging brewery shall mean any entity that (1) is authorized to sell malt beverages to wholesalers in the commonwealth, hereinafter referred to in this section as a “brewery”, (2) is privately owned and operated, and (3) directly or indirectly, produced less than 100,000 barrels of malt beverages in the 12-month period immediately preceding the date of the written notice of termination.
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