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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: April 08, 2010, 02:15:58 PM »
The Oklahoma homebrew legalization bill will likely come up for Senate vote soon, maybe as early as tomorrow Fri 4/9 or early next week. OK residents, check out the AHA Action Alert at Send it on to anyone you know in OK who would support this cause.  Contacts from non-residents could be detrimental to the cause, so please leave this to OK residents.

Thanks to everyone who has contacted their legislators on this issue to date, your calls and emails helped get the bill through the House and Senate Business and Labor Committee.

A homebrew bill has been filed in Louisiana this year as well (homebrewing is not statutorily recognized in LA and is questionably legal there).  The original version of the bill was fairly restrictive, but the bill's sponsors are working to revise it to make it more favorable for homebrewers.  I'll pass along more on that as I know more.

Looks like the Alabama homebrew bill is dead for this year.  Though it managed to pass the Senate this year (beyond most people's expectations), the bill has not been brought up for a vote in the House Travel and Tourism Committee and is unlikely to be given a hearing at this point.  Though it is very unlikely that homebrewing will be legalized in Alabama this year, much progress has been made in educating legislators about homebrewing, and I think there is a very good chance of passing a homebrew bill there next year.


General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Governing Committee Results
« on: April 05, 2010, 08:20:08 AM »
American Homebrewers Association 2010 Governing Committee Election

Congratulations to you new AHA Governing Committee representatives:

Drew Beechum
Pasadena, CA

Fred Bonjour
Troy, MI

Justin Crossley
Pacheco, CA

Jake Keeler
St. Paul, MN

Thank you to all of the members who voted in this year's election!  There were a record number of ballots cast, with 899 members voting.

Thanks also to all of the candidates who participated in this year's election.  The AHA depends on dedicated members to run for and serve on the AHA Governing Committee.

General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Conference Seminars Sold Out
« on: March 31, 2010, 02:46:25 PM »
The seminars for the AHA National Homebrewers Conference are now sold out.  As of March 31, 3:30 Mountain Time, there are about 50 registrations left for the Grand Banquet.  Registration for the conference social packages is still available.  We will also be opening a la carte registrations for Club Night and Pro-Brewers Night, and the Banquet if there is any space left for the banquet, shortly.

Don't forget to vote in the Governing Committee Election, today is the last day to get your votes in!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: March 29, 2010, 04:10:44 PM »
The Oklahoma homebrew bill passed the Senate Business and Labor committee today.  Next stop is the Senate floor for a vote before the full Senate.  The current bill has been amended to clean up the language a bit, so if it does pass the Senate, it will still need to go back to the House for a vote on the amended version (the bill's House sponsor is cool with the amendment, so that shouldn't be a problem, so long as it's not further amended before it passes the Senate).

The Brewers Association's March Government Affairs updates for the beer world are available at

Gary Glass

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Denny - Mailing Homebrew
« on: March 09, 2010, 10:17:15 AM »
I am not at all surprised by this.  There are few if any states that explicitly allow direct shipment of beer to customers across their borders.  There are several states that allow for direct shipments of wine to customers across their boards.  In most of those cases, the laws were changed to allow direct shipments of wine following law suits aimed at allowing those shipments.

I think the author of that article should have done a little more research before slamming UPS and every distributor in the country.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: March 01, 2010, 03:45:19 PM »
The AHA sent out three Action Alerts this morning to members in Alabama, Oklahoma and Michigan.

In Alabama, the bill to legalize homebrewing, SB 153, is to be heard by the Travel and Tourism Committee in the House this Wednesday.  The bill has already passed the Senate.  Alabama residents should check out the Alert at for instructions on how they can help.  Send the link to anyone you know if Alabama who will support the cause of legalizing homebrewing.

In Oklahoma, it's looking like the homebrew legalization bill HB 2348 could be going to a vote before the Full House sometime this week at the earliest.  See for the Alert we sent.  If the bill passes the House, it will then move on to the Senate.  Spread the word to anyone you know in Oklahoma.

In Michigan, HB 5613 has a public hearing scheduled before the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.  The bill would allow for homebrew to be served at licensed breweries in the state for homebrew club meetings and homebrew competitions (it is currently illegal to serve homebrew at licensed breweries).  In order for this bill to move forward, the LCC needs to be convinced to support it.  Michigan residents can find instructions on what they can do to help at

For those of you who live outside of those states, the best thing you can do to help is to spread the word to anyone you know in those states.  It could actually be detrimental to these efforts to have non-residents calling legislators.  So even if you are so inclined, it's best not to make calls to legislators on issues in other states.

Thanks to all of the homebrewers in Alabama, Michigan and Oklahoma who have already done so much to move these bills forward, your efforts are paying off!


Events / Re: NHC Pre-Conference Events
« on: March 01, 2010, 03:22:53 PM »
We're working on getting the pre-conference events posted to the site.  We just got the request to post them today.  It should be posted within the next day or two.


It's amusing, I've been contacted by two separate reporters regarding this bill.  I checked it out after seeing that same article posted above, and as I suspected, the bill has nothing to do with homebrewing.  It has to do with changing Agriculture Dept. regulations on food/beverage production, specifically beer and fruit juice. 

I did note that the regulations require that commercially produced beer be bottled/canned on automated equipment.  So small brewers doing specialty brews can't legally hand fill bottles, like a lot of brewers do with 750 ml bottles and such for their specialty beers.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: February 24, 2010, 03:20:23 PM »
Congrats to the Alabama homebrewers, it took a lot of calls, faxes, letters, etc., but it paid off!  Now we get to start over again in the House.

See my blog on Tuesday's action in the Alabama Senate: or you can find it on the home page of

Also in our sights: Oklahoma, Michigan (to allow homebrew to be served at events at breweries), and potentially Louisiana. 

In Mississippi, homebrewers are already looking to start educating legislators on our craft in preparation for the 2011 legislative session.  Now that's dedication!

More to come...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: February 17, 2010, 02:24:27 PM »
You can find the Brewers Association's latest legislative update on the world of beer at:

For those of you in Alabama, keep up the pressure on the Senate Rules Committee to get a hearing for SB153!  To see the Action Alert with the details on what to do, go to

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: February 04, 2010, 02:59:17 PM »
Jeff, I'm not sure where you get that HB 2348 does anything other than add beer to the list of beverages that can be legally produced for personal use. I just looked at the Oklahoma government website and it shows that the bill was not amended.  The document they show as being passed on to the Floor is:  The bill shows the existing code with additions to the code underlined (adds the word beer in a couple of places) and subtractions with strike-through text (the word "of").  Anything else in the bill text is the statute as it is currently written.

Rep. Schwartz did consider adding language that would mirror the Federal statute authorizing beer made for personal use that specifically allows for homebrew to be serve at events and competitions, but decide that leaving it as a parity issue (i.e. granting beer made for personal use the same exemption from taxation that wine and cider already enjoy) would make passage of the bill more likely.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: February 03, 2010, 04:31:24 PM »
Good news in Oklahoma: HB 2348 was passed today by the Oklahoma House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee by a margin of 12-1.  Now we wait for it to be scheduled for a vote before the full House.

Looks like the Senate log jam in Alabama may be clearing, hopefully that will result in the Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee voting on the Alabama homebrew bill (they passed it last year).

Mississippi: Big bummer.  As I understand it, a single Senator managed to kill pretty much all of the alcohol bills, including homebrew legalization and increasing allowable alcohol in beer sold in the state, by blocking them from getting through his committee.

I'm cautiously optimistic that we will get some movement on a homebrew shipping bill this session.  It seems to be headed in the right direction at the moment.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: January 28, 2010, 03:58:56 PM »
We have recently sent Action Alerts to the AHA Members in Mississippi and Oklahoma with instructions on how homebrewers can help get the homebrew bills in those states passed.  Given that not every homebrewer in those states is an AHA member you can help the cause, by forwarding the appropriate link below to anyone you know in those states who would be sympathetic to our cause.



Hopefully, we'll have an Alert to send to Alabama residents soon.  Waiting on a vote in the Senate Tourism & Marketing Committee now - the same bill has passed this committee in previous years, so we're really more concerned with promoting the bill after it clears committee.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Alternative hotels for NHC2010?
« on: January 28, 2010, 03:31:28 PM »
Hi All,

The host hotel for this year’s AHA National Homebrewers Conference, the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, is now completely sold out of rooms.

We now have an overflow hotel, the Sofitel Minneapolis, which is located across the street from the Sheraton.  The Sofitel is offering AHA Conference attendees rooms at the same group rate as the Sheraton, of $109 for a standard room.  Book online using the URL below to receive the group rate, or call the hotel and use the group rate code: AHBA.  We've been waiting for over a week to get the code and link for the overflow, but finally got it today.

Sofitel Minneapolis
5601 West 78TH Street
(952) 835-1900

If you are planning to attend the conference this year, but have not yet registered, I highly recommend doing so soon.  Given how quickly we have filled the rooms at the Sheraton (we’ve sold more rooms at the Sheraton than any previous conference hotel), I fully anticipate that this conference will sell out, probably within the next month or two.  Registration is already at 40% of our capacity.


General Homebrew Discussion / Homebrew Legalization
« on: January 21, 2010, 11:41:30 AM »
The AHA is currently working with homebrewers in AL, MS, and OK on homebrew legalization in 2010, check out my blog post on for more information.

For the latest update on Government Affairs issues in the beer world, see the Brewers Association’s January Government Affairs update at

Gary Glass
American Homebrewers Association

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