Self-Distribution Bill Signed into Law in Maryland

Signed into law, Senate Bill 643 allows a Class 7 micro-brewery licensee that produces in aggregate from all of its locations up to 22,500 barrels of beer annually may obtain a Class 7 limited beer wholesaler’s license and distribute beer that totals annually up to 3,000 barrels in aggregate from all of its locations and has been brewed at the location from where it is distributed. A Class 7 micro-brewery licensee with two locations may collectively brew, bottle, or contract for up to 22,500 barrels of malt beverages in aggregate from both of its locations each calendar year and sell beer brewed at the location where it is sold, up to 4,000 barrels of beer in aggregate from both of its locations to customers for consumption on the premises.

Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. 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.

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