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IN / Elkhart - Learn to Homebrew Event
« on: October 09, 2011, 06:56:07 AM »
Michiana's homebrew club is hosting a Learn to Brew Event!   ;D
Saturday, November 5, 2011  10am-6pm
Elkhart, IN (email for specific location)
info@mega-brew.com or visit http://mega-brew.com

Extract and all-grain demonstrations, beer talk and one-on-one advice from experienced brewers!
Bring beer and/or snacks to share. Outdoor event, dress for weather.  ;)

MEGA--Michiana Extract and Grain Association

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Homebrew Clubs / Serving homebrew at beer events
« on: September 27, 2011, 12:25:52 PM »
Hey now,
I'm the President of the Michiana Extract & Grain Association, a NW. Indiana/SW Michigan 501c-7 homebrew club.
For over a year our club (affectionately referred to as MEGA) has been participating in public beer events. At some events we only have an information booth staffed with folks prepared to spread the joys of homebrewing, but at most we are also pouring member-brewed beer. This has been a blasty-blast... who doesn't love to feel like a beer rockstar?! I think it is an invaluable way to give the public a chance to actually sample some homebrew in addition to being educated about it.

Recently, upon inquiring about MEGA's participation in the 2012 Indy Microbrewer's Winterfest (a festival we served member-brewed beer at earlier this year) we were told that we were no longer allowed to serve our homebrew. Apparently, the serving of homebrew at this years Winterfest was frowned on by IN Excise Police since it is a "paid attendance beer festival". This information was confirmed with our local IN Excise Police office.

Needless-to-say this really bummed us out.

We really have a great time helping at events like these, and would love to continue to keep letting the public sample our creations. We don't ask anything in return for our beer or time. I'm not sure why we have been allowed to pour at so many events if this is an Excise Law violation.

Are any other clubs pouring beer at events? Surely, we are not alone.
I'm really interested to hear how you work it out to be within legal bounds.

Thanks,
-Andy


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