House Bill 1391 and Senate Bill 801would allow Baltimore County to issue an on-site consumption permit to a holder of a Class 5 brewery license (e.g. Diageo) that authorizes the holder to sell, for on-premises consumption, up to 5,000 barrels of beer brewed at the licensed premises each year. The brewery must be located in an enterprise zone and on-premises consumption hours are limited. The bill also authorizes sales of beer brewed at the premises in excess of 5,000 barrels in a year, but only if the holder purchases the excess beer from a licensed 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