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The Pub / All About Beer
« on: Today at 12:33:46 AM »

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The Pub / North Carolina ABC Rules for Homebrewing
« on: October 11, 2018, 12:55:58 PM »
Yesterday concerned homebrewers from across North Carolina converged on the ABC Commission meeting to discuss the pending rules implementation. 12 homebrewers spoke including myself with all providing excellent comments to the board and those present. My fear is they listened, but we were not heard. Their chief council has left a village in need of a particular kind of person and he is interpreting statute law in ways which it is not written. As far as I can tell anyone can comment on the rules to him provided they do so by November 5. I would ask if you do review the rules and respond to be respectful in your comments.

Here are the rules as proposed:
https://portal.abc.nc.gov//Lists/Public%20Web%20Announcements/Attachments/184/14B%20NCAC%2015A%20.2301%20-%20Notice%20of%20Text%20with%20proposed%20rules.pdf

You can respond here:
 Walker Reagan
Rulemaking Coordinator
Legal Division
NC Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission

Phone: (919) 779-8367
Email: walker.reagan@abc.nc.gov

https://abc.nc.gov/PublicResources/Announcement/184


Here are a list of bullet point compiled by David Byer of Asheville:
 Bullet Points
.2301 Homemade Wine and Malt Beverage Events (Definitions) (p. 3-4 of 11)
.2301(7)
Issue:
Section .2301(7) says a person is only a “guest” (who can drink your homebrew) if they were invited by particular means such as in person or by email (not a general Facebook post). The provision now has “including” so it is no longer as narrow a scope as an earlier version and is instead just giving examples of types of “direct contact.” This is a helpful improvement. However, who a “guest” is should not be limited and defined by the means of invitation.

Point:
.2301(7). A “guest” should be defined as a person you know not by the means by which you contact them.

.2301(10)(b)
Issue:
Section .2301(10)(b) requires homebrew clubs to charge a fee.

Point:
.2301(10)(b). A homebrew club doesn’t need to charge fees to have a defined membership and prevent the general public from showing up and drinking.

.2302(a) & .2302(c)(3)
Issue:
Sections .2302(a) and (.2303(c)(3) say that consumption at a homebrew competition is limited to judges.

Point:
.2302(a) and .2302(c)(3) limit consumption to judges but should be expanded to include competition staff. It is common for stewards to occasionally try samples of beers so that they can learn from the judges and perhaps work up to become judges themselves in the future. In addition, other competition staff occasionally try samples of beers, for example if a dispute has to be resolved, such as whether a beer was miscategorized.

.2302(b)(1)
Issue:
Section .2302(b)(1) requires that a competition at a retail ABC permit location (e.g., taproom, bar, etc.) be behind closed doors.

Point:
.2302(b)(1) requires that a competition at a retail ABC permit location be behind closed doors. Why can’t it just be sectioned off?

.2302(b)(4)
Issue:
Section .2302(b)(4) requires that a competition at a retail ABC permit location (e.g., taproom or restaurant) cannot have the homebrew on site for more than 48 hours before the competition. The ABC is worried that in retail settings there is an increased risk that the stored homebrew will be served to the public (and thus the shorter 48 hours for retail ABC permit locations as opposed to the 30 day period for commercial ABC permit locations (e.g., in the back of a brewery)).

Point:
.2302(b)(4) should be extended from 48 hours to 60 days. This will reflect common, safe operating practices of existing homebrew competitions, which is what the legislature was working to support when passing the new law.

.2302(c)(1)
Issue:
Section .2302(c)(1) says that a competition at a commercial ABC permit location (e.g., the back of a brewery (not the taproom)) can only be in the non-production areas (e.g., storage, shipping areas, or administrative areas). The ABC has said: “The intent here is to attempt to limit or elimination the possibility of homemade product on the commercial premises contaminating the commercial product.”

Point:
.2302(c)(1) should not restrict a competition to non-production areas. There is no realistic risk of homebrew at a competition contaminating commercial product. Such a concern is unfounded and seems to reflect a misunderstanding of how competitions and/or breweries are set up and operate.

.2302(c)(4)
Issue:
Section .2302(c)(4) says that homebrew can only be stored for 30 days on site prior to a competition at a commercial ABC permit location.

Point:
.2302(c)(4) should extend the storage period from 30 days to 60 days to reflect the common and safe practices demonstrated in this state and across the country.

.2304(b)
Issue:
Section .2304(b) says that you cannot award prizes if you have an internal club competition. The ABC has said: “we are concerned with the issue of compensation being giving in exchange for consumption of homemade product.”

Point:
.2304(b) should allow for prizes if restrictions are put in place to prevent compensation in exchange for consumption of homebrew. For example, it could be required that not everyone wins a prize in a club contest. In addition, it could be required that the prize not be purchased directly by those in attendance at that event (instead it could be purchased from general club funds or a donation).

.2304(c)(1)
Issue:
Section .2304(c)(1) says that an organized affair (e.g., homebrew club meeting) at a retail ABC permit location (e.g., a taproom or restaurant) must be separated from areas the general public are in by “vertical boundaries.” The ABC has said options like police tape count as vertical boundaries.

Point:
.2304(c)(1) should eliminate “vertical” from “vertical boundaries” to eliminate confusion. The ABC has clarified that boundaries such as police tape count as a vertical boundary, but there has been confusion among homebrewers about this language, and the same could happen for law enforcement. More than one person have interpreted this as walls or doors.

.2304(d)
Issue:
Section .2304(d) says an organized affair (e.g., homebrew club meeting) cannot be held at a commercial ABC permit location (e.g., the production area of a brewery). (FYI, the ABC has said: “If a brewery also has a retail side, then organized affairs can be held on the retail side, but not the commercial side.”)

Point:
.2304(d) says an organized affair cannot be held at a commercial ABC permit location (e.g., the production area of a brewery). Why?

.2305
Issue:
Section .2305 says that you have to be a dues paying member of a state, regional, national, or international homebrew group to attend a homebrew education meeting (I assume things like HomeBrew Con and the Asheville Homebrewers Conference would be homebrew education meetings).

Point:
.2305 should not be restricted to state or higher level homebrew groups. Most homebrew groups are local and that should be specifically included. In addition, as noted for section .2301(10)(b), homebrew clubs shouldn’t be required to charge a fee since there are other mechanisms that can address the ABC’s concerns.

.2306(c)
Issue:
Section .2306(c) says only you can deliver your own homebrew to an event. It will be illegal to transport someone else’s homebrew. The ABC feels that the statute that the legislature passed creates this restriction and thus there is nothing they can do about it. I disagree.

Point:
.2306(c) should not prohibit others for transporting your homebrew. This will eliminate competition pick ups at drop off sites. The legislature wrote § 18B-306(a) to allow for “an individual [to] .. transport .. malt beverages for the the use at organized affairs, exhibitions, or competitions." The language doesn't restrict who can transport homebrew, but rather the purposes for which homebrew can be transported.

.2306(d)
Issue:
Section .2306(d) says you can only transport up to 80 liters (~21 gallons) at one time.

Point:
.2306(d) is burdensome and without basis. Homebrewers transport more than this, for example when bringing kegs to an event or barrel filling project.

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The Pub / Fear The Walking Dead
« on: August 27, 2018, 12:19:55 PM »
I have kinda lost interest in this show, but watch it as background noise. They have introduced a new character, Jim, who is a brewer and was about to sell out to a large conglomerate, but the zombie apocalypse hit. A writer on the show must be a homebrewer or a beer nerd. The character sounds passionate, obsessed with beer, and a bit crazy. Kinda the way most of us sound to the rest of the world. ;)

https://www.amc.com/shows/fear-the-walking-dead/full-episodes/season-04/episode-11/the-code

https://comicbook.com/thewalkingdead/2018/08/27/fear-the-walking-dead-episode-4x11-recap-with-spoilers-the-code/#6

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The Pub / Sam's Blue Light/Quik Shop in Durham
« on: July 03, 2018, 08:32:30 PM »
Looks like we may be losing one of the first, and best, bottle shops in the state.

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article214282094.html

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The Pub / PBR Shortage Looming?
« on: June 21, 2018, 12:11:23 PM »
I know where there is a shuttered MillerCoors plant PBR could take over in Eden, NC.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/beerandcider/hold-onto-your-pbr-a-pabst-blue-ribbon-shortage-is-looming/ar-AAyOyuO?ocid=sf

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Homebrew Con 2018 / BNA13
« on: May 23, 2018, 02:10:36 PM »

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The Pub / Cutting the cord options
« on: May 23, 2018, 01:26:55 PM »
Thinking of eventually cutting the cord with our DSL TV provider. The pricing only escalates and at one time we were saving quite a bit when compared with our old cable bill, but now the pricing is as high or higher.

While I once was tech saavy, I'd prefer this be an easy install with as little headaches as possible. Currently leaning toward DirectTV Now since my wife would prefer to get the majority of her content from one place.

One of our TVs has some antiquated app capabilities so I would consider our TVs to be monitors for this discussion. To use DirectTV Now I would need a Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV, or to use Chromecast. I've found Chromecast to be glitchy so I'm not considering that. I have an Amazon Fire TV Stick, but it's not been exactly stellar either.

What we may do is try cord cutting at another property and then eventually integrate it into our home.

Suggestions appreciated, but don't get too technical as I might not be able to follow the conversation. ;)

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The Pub / Doesn't this seem wrong somehow?
« on: May 18, 2018, 05:51:17 PM »
Saw a bottle shop post they had just gotten in some St. Bernardus. Looked at the photo and it was their Witbier in a can. Somehow this just seems wrong...


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Homebrew Con 2018 / Drinking With Mikey - Tuesday, June 26
« on: April 02, 2018, 12:27:32 AM »
The pre-conference event Drinking With Mikey is currently looking like the best thing available on Tuesday afternoon.

Looks like it could start at early as 2pm and we would need a stop every 60-90 minutes. As I have never been to Portland before suggestions for stops are appreciated. Perhaps the first stop could be further out and the last close enough to walk back to the conference hotel.

PS: If a great pre-conference event pops up it may supersede Drinking with Mikey! ;)

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Homebrew Con 2018 / BJCP Reception and Members Meeting - Wed June 27
« on: March 29, 2018, 08:12:56 PM »
http://dev.bjcp.org/news/bjcp-events-at-the-2018-aha-national-homebrewers-conference/

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

BJCP Judge Reception. 12pm to 4pm. Agenda and registration forthcoming.

BJCP Members’ Meeting. 4:30pm to 6pm. The BJCP Board and Staff will provide updates and answer questions from members. The Members’ Meeting and Judge Reception will be in the same room.

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Beer Travel / Krakow
« on: March 19, 2018, 01:34:04 PM »
Don't think anyone has listed this one before. Spending a couple of nights there in May in the Kazimierez area. Looking for any suggestions in that area or the central part of Krakow. We will not have a car, but I believe Uber is plentiful. No desire to do brewery tours on this trip. TIA

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Homebrew Con 2018 / Pre-Conference Events
« on: March 09, 2018, 07:32:06 PM »
Not much on the calendar yet. Any events of note in planning?

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Homebrew Con 2018 / App
« on: March 09, 2018, 07:31:23 PM »
The app doesn't appear to be ready yet. After downloading it still shows 2017 and would not allow me to log in.

Any word on the ETA?

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