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Offline cantonjason

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Transporting Home Brew from Georgia to Texas
« on: July 24, 2013, 04:24:16 PM »
I'm a home brewer in Georgia and am planning a trip to Texas in September (via auto).  I'd like to take a couple of corny kegs of home brew to share with friends and colleagues.

Does anyone know if it's ok (or not ok) to transport home brew across state lines from Georgia, through Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, to Texas?

Thanks in advance for your comments!

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Re: Transporting Home Brew from Georgia to Texas
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2013, 07:07:25 PM »
I wondered the same while driving 20 kegs to nhc.

I think the strict answer might be no, but the practical answer is you're not likely to get in trouble unless you do something else to get your car searched.

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Re: Transporting Home Brew from Georgia to Texas
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2013, 08:25:46 PM »
Every state has different laws, until a couple of months ago homebrewing wasn't even legal in Bama.  But I'm pretty sure their new freedom doesn't include the right to transport homebrew from the house to another place so I'm guessing they won't make a distinction as to where the homebrew was brewed.  You're about to drive through the 3 most anti-alcohol states in the country. 
Having said all that if you obey the speed limits, drive safely and don't give law enforcement any reason to be interested in you you'll be fine.  When all else fails plead complete and utter ignorance.
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Re: Transporting Home Brew from Georgia to Texas
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2013, 08:37:00 PM »
  When all else fails plead complete and utter ignorance.

And\Or offer 'em a cold one!
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Re: Transporting Home Brew from Georgia to Texas
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2013, 04:39:51 AM »
The other thing is that kegs of beer are legal. Many people wouldn't know the difference between yours and commercial kegs

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Re: Transporting Home Brew from Georgia to Texas
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2013, 05:34:01 AM »
You don't happen to be driving a black Trans Am?

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Re: Transporting Home Brew from Georgia to Texas
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2013, 05:35:54 AM »
You don't happen to be driving a black Trans Am?

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Re: Transporting Home Brew from Georgia to Texas
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2013, 06:58:26 AM »
As far as I know, it is legal to transport through Texas. It is extremely legal to drop those kegs off at my house in Texas. Local crazy Governor Perry insists on it.
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Re: Transporting Home Brew from Georgia to Texas
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2013, 07:18:49 AM »
When all else fails plead complete and utter ignorance.

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Re: Transporting Home Brew from Georgia to Texas
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2013, 09:12:22 AM »
Texas limits the amount to 24 12oz containers unless you are moving into the state.

http://www.tabc.state.tx.us/faq/personal_importation.asp

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Re: Transporting Home Brew from Georgia to Texas
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2013, 09:40:55 AM »
West bound and down!

I say it's legal (of course I'm not the best person to interpret laws).  Put 'em in your trunk or in the back of your pickup.  How is it any different than driving a keg of commercial beer from the store to your keg party?  It's not like you're going to be stopping at rest stops to do keg stands...are you?  8)
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Re: Transporting Home Brew from Georgia to Texas
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2013, 11:08:42 AM »
How is it any different than driving a keg of commercial beer from the store to your keg party?

The difference is Texas wants her money.

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Re: Transporting Home Brew from Georgia to Texas
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2013, 11:15:05 AM »
Oh so many witty inappropriate things to say, but I'll refrain

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Re: Transporting Home Brew from Georgia to Texas
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2013, 12:59:15 PM »
Sounds like your friends are going to have to meet you in Lousiana!
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Re: Transporting Home Brew from Georgia to Texas
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2013, 01:31:55 PM »
West bound and down!

I say it's legal (of course I'm not the best person to interpret laws).  Put 'em in your trunk or in the back of your pickup.  How is it any different than driving a keg of commercial beer from the store to your keg party?  It's not like you're going to be stopping at rest stops to do keg stands...are you?  8)
When I lived in Alabama kegs were illegal in Mobile County(except at bars) but not in Baldwin across the bay.  But you could lose your car if you got caught bringing a keg from Baldwin County back to Mobile.  Also transporting booze across state lines involves taxes-Alabama used to have little tax stamps glued across the top of any liquor or wine bottle.  Get busted with bottles that don't have those and you were in deep doo-doo.  States want their alcohol tax revenue.
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