Continuing to move through a series of House committees, House Bill 536, seeks to revise numerous provisions of the state’s alcoholic beverage control laws. Proposed changes affecting the craft beer industry include: allowing breweries to produce private label brands for retail permittees; clarifying contract brewing law regarding labeling and taxation; allowing beer tasting at non-365-day farmers markets; allowing retail transfer of beer between locations; exempting breweries not engaged in the preparation of food from food and lodging facility sanitation regulations; creating a common area entertainment permit; and retail delivery right protections.
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.See Pete Johnson's Articles