A lawsuit has been filed in Oregon U.S. District Court by several Washington brewers challenging the constitutionality of certain Oregon laws allowing in-state brewers to self-distribute and ship direct to consumers while denying out-of-state brewers those same abilities. The plaintiffs seek a declaratory judgment that these laws violate the Commerce Clause and discriminate against out-of-state beer producers engaged in interstate commerce.
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