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Maybe the national level is where we should focus our efforts for organized, outside the home, events legislation versus a state by state campaign.

Rod Murray

The federal bill that was passed in 1978 included this provision (which was not in the 1977 bill that was not passed):

"Beer made under §25.205 may be removed from the premises where made for personal or family use including use at organized affairs, exhibitions or competitions such as homemaker's contests, tastings or judging. Beer removed under this section may not be sold or offered for sale."

So organized events are already federally legal. However, the 21st Amendment gives states the authority to regulate the production, transportation and possession of alcohol within each state. That means what you can and cannot do with homebrew in the US is dependent on the law of the state in which you reside.

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For state issues affecting commercial craft brewers, the BA supports initiatives led by state brewers guilds.

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Michigan bill HB 4061 to allow homebrew to be served at breweries pubs and bars for club meetings & competitions passed the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee Wednesday July 13 by a 7-0 vote. The bill now moves on to the full Senate for a vote in September.

We will send a follow up Action Alert to Michigan AHA members when we get closer to the Senate vote.

Cheers!
Gary

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Excellent review of the federal law Matt.  One thing that often gets overlooked with the homebrew law is that while President Carter signed the bill in October 1978, the law did not actually go into effect until February 1, 1979.  Also, I think President Carter gets more than his fair share of credit for legalizing homebrewing.  Homebrew legalization was part of a much larger omnibus transportation bill.  Carter likely did not care much about the homebrewing provision that was buried in the bill.  The primary proponent of homebrew legalization and sponsor of the homebrew bill that was attached to the transportation bill was Senator Alan Cranston.

Another interesting piece of this story is that In January 1977, Representative Conable introduced HR 2028, to legalize homebrewing. The bill included the exemption from tax and the 200/100 gallon limits, but didn't include the allowance for use at organized events.

Cheers!
Gary

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Zymurgy / Re: When's the next edition?
« on: July 05, 2011, 08:42:28 AM »
Yes, international shipping definitely takes longer, so it may still be in the mail.

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Zymurgy / Re: When's the next edition?
« on: July 05, 2011, 08:32:51 AM »
The July/August issue mailed June 17, so you should have received it by now.  I suggest contacting our Member Services staff at info@brewersassociation.org or 888-822-6273 to make sure we have the proper contact information for you in the membership database.

Cheers!
Gary Glass

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The AHA sent out two Action Alerts today.

In Michigan, HB 4061, a bill to allow homebrew to be served at breweries pubs and bars for club meetings & competitions, passed the House June 23. Next it goes to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee for a hearing. Michigan residents, please contact the committee members and urge them to pass the bill.

See the alert at: http://bit.ly/kCpO5K

In Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Brewer's Guild is asking residents for immediate help in sending a message to Governor Walker asking him to veto budget language related to microbreweries.

The language in question, known as Motion 414, would take away small brewers' abilities to distribute each other's beers and own and operate their own taverns. Such drastic alterations to a proven, successful business model will stifle growth and result in job losses.

See the alert at: http://bit.ly/lvCI6p

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The AHA in the NYT
« on: June 23, 2011, 10:08:19 AM »
How cool is that, the author of the article chimes in on the AHA Forum!

John, you weren't supposed to print that I only brew 6 times a year!   ;D  If you add in the mead I make, it is much more frequent, but due to the nature of the job, I find myself working a lot of weekends that I'd otherwise be brewing on.  I'm also hoping that once my daughter is old enough to be trained as an assistant brewer, I'll be brewing more frequently again.

Cheers!
Gary

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Zymurgy / Re: May/June Issue, already?!
« on: April 27, 2011, 03:07:12 PM »
Zymurgy typically mails around the 17th of the month prior to the date on the magazine cover, so the July/August issue will mail around June 17th.

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Having worked with Alabama homebrewers since John Little got this whole process started four years ago, I really thought this was the year we would see homebrewing legalized in the state. 

Even though the outcome this year is extremely disappointing, especially with so many of the bill's co-sponsors voting against it, the Alabama homebrewers who have pour their hearts and souls, and probably some IPA, into the campaign to get homebrewing legalized, should take great pride in the work they have done.  I am very impressed with their dedication to this cause.  This year, it seemed everything was going right, and from my vantage point, I just can't see anything that could have been done differently to get a better outcome.

Hopefully in the coming days we'll get a better sense of what really went down with the House vote on HB266 and can reevaluate our approach for the future.

Gary

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General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Governing Committee Election
« on: April 06, 2011, 04:39:08 PM »
Congratulations to Harold Gulbransen, Bob Kauffman, Susan Ruud, Tom Schmidlin, Roxanne Westendorf, and Jamil Zainasheff, your newly elected members of the AHA Governing Committee!  Thanks to all of the AHA members who voted in this year's election. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OR Homebrew law ALERT!
« on: March 17, 2011, 07:16:51 AM »
I'd like to recognize Greg Bolt, Chris Hummert, Ted Hausotter, and Denny Conn who created the Oregon Home Brewers Alliance and spearheaded the OHBA's effort to get the Oregon homebrew law changed.  I've been truly impressed by their tireless efforts dedicated to pushing Senate Bill 444 through the legislature.  It's been a real honor for me to work with these guys on this campaign.

Up next: Alabama should have a bill to legalize homebrewing filed in the very near future.  I am optimistic about that bill's chances for success this year.   

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
« on: March 07, 2011, 11:27:01 AM »
Definitely send us pics!

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
« on: March 07, 2011, 09:18:31 AM »
We've got some ideas for new clubs posted on the AHA Club Resources wiki: http://ahaclubs.homebrewersassociation.org/NewClubs.

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