Brew Free or...Change the Laws!
The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and the entire homebrewing community continues to revel in the glory that brewing beer at home will officially be legal in all 50 states as of July 1, 2013. But even with the recent success in Alabama and Mississippi, the AHA and homebrewers across the country still have their work cut out for them.
Existing statutes in multiple states have laws on the books that prevent homebrewers from removing their beer from their homes, thus restricting interactations with the rest of their local homebrew community. What good is brewing gallons of your finest homebrew if you're not legally able to share it at a club meeting or bring it to your local competition?
The AHA continues to work to protect and advance the rights of America's homebrewers. Recently, bills passed in Illinois and Missouri make it legal for homebrewers in those states to transport brews to share with friends and homebrew club members, enter homebrew competitions and share samples at beer festivals—a big win for homebrew enthusiasts!
"Homebrewing is a hobby that brings people together through sharing," said AHA Director Gary Glass. "We're excited that the homebrewers of Illinois and Missouri will soon be able to legally share their brews similarly to other homebrewers across the country. We're grateful for all the support involved in making these legislative changes a reality."
For more information on the legislative process, current state statutes, and useful talking points, visit the Homebrewing Rights section.