Senate Bill 231 seeks to allow microbreweries (defined as under 50,000 barrels annual production) to self-distribute up to 2,500 barrels per year. The bill additionally provides for: written distribution agreements; no cause terminations for brewers whose products represent five percent or less of a distributor’s gross annual sales, provided forty-five days’ notice of termination has been given and the payment to the distributor of an amount equal to 300% of the distributor’s gross profits from the sale of the brewer’s products in the twelve months immediately preceding the delivery of the notice of termination has been made.
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