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Using my Homebrew to raise money for charity
« on: June 13, 2010, 06:29:49 PM »
I live in California. I know there are laws here again selling my homebrew.

Does anyone know if there is a legal way for me to give my beer away for a donation to a charity?

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Re: Using my Homebrew to raise money for charity
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2010, 07:17:36 PM »
I know people who have auctioned off brewing lessons.  The winner gets to brew with you and keep the beer.  If they pitch the yeast, they then have made the beer in most states.

Don't know if this is the answer you were after, but that is one way to do it.
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Re: Using my Homebrew to raise money for charity
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2010, 07:33:37 PM »
Look for a local brewfest that donates it's proceeds to charity and maybe you could pour your beer there. Maybe a local home brew club already does and join the club. You may be stuck with what the brewfest chooses as a charity. If you want to have some say in the charity donated to, volunteer to be on the beerfest board. That way you can donate beer and your time. That is what I do. Good Luck!

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Re: Using my Homebrew to raise money for charity
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2010, 09:35:38 PM »
I don't see why it would be illegal to give the beer away, as long as the recipient is of age. What are you thinking the issue is?

edit: For some reason I didn't realize that there was money involved. You're wanting to use it as a prize for a raffle or something?
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Re: Using my Homebrew to raise money for charity
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2010, 10:14:26 PM »
The issue is that tickets are sold and to a certain minded sort of inspector type, that means the prize in question is being sold for a monetary value. Monetary value + home brew = no no. And that's before you get to the part where states get antsy about "free" giveaways of booze and particularly someone non-licensed giving away booze.

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Re: Using my Homebrew to raise money for charity
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2010, 05:58:06 PM »
This Saturday (6/19) my local area is having a charity home brew festival, and the way they got around it is NC did not like selling tickets to an event where untaxed beer is being given away, so they started a "join the charity" fee and the state let it go. So for $15 you can become a member of the charity and enjoy ~ 5-6 hours of free home brewed beer, not sure of this would fly in other states or not
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Re: Using my Homebrew to raise money for charity
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2010, 10:15:58 AM »
i have been donating beer to local charities for years and the local sheriff and state patrol have neither one said i couldn't do it.

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Re: Using my Homebrew to raise money for charity
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2010, 01:44:27 PM »

Can't be done legally unless it's a competition. CA state law allows you to brew for personal use and only remove beer from your premises for competition. I.e., you can't even give it away.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/statutes/california

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California state statute § 23356.2 allows the manufacture of beer for personal or family use, and not for sale by a person over the age of 21. The aggregate amount of beer with respect to any household shall not exceed 200 gallons or 100 gallons if only one adult resides in such household.

Any beer manufactured pursuant to this section may be removed from the premises where manufactured for use in competition at organized affairs, exhibitions or competitions, including homemakers' contests, tastings, or judgings.

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Re: Using my Homebrew to raise money for charity
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2010, 09:58:50 AM »
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/statutes/california

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California state statute § 23356.2 allows the manufacture of beer for personal or family use, and not for sale by a person over the age of 21. The aggregate amount of beer with respect to any household shall not exceed 200 gallons or 100 gallons if only one adult resides in such household.

Any beer manufactured pursuant to this section may be removed from the premises where manufactured for use in competition at organized affairs, exhibitions or competitions, including homemakers' contests, tastings, or judgings.

It seems like there could be a bit of leeway as to what constitutes a homemaker's tasting. I wonder if there's any interpretive case law concerning this statute. It would be a simple search on Westlaw or LexisNexis.


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Re: Using my Homebrew to raise money for charity
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2010, 08:54:46 PM »
I live in California. I know there are laws here again selling my homebrew.

Does anyone know if there is a legal way for me to give my beer away for a donation to a charity?
How about an alternative

You can "teach" the winner to brew beer, have them brew with you, pitch the yeast, come back in an appropriate amount of time and bottle the beer.

That way it is always "their" beer

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Re: Using my Homebrew to raise money for charity
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2010, 02:25:06 PM »
Look for a local brewfest that donates it's proceeds to charity and maybe you could pour your beer there. Maybe a local home brew club already does and join the club.
I think all beer for brew fest has to be purchased at least in our state.
So that would not fly.
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Re: Using my Homebrew to raise money for charity
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2013, 08:25:57 PM »
I was thinking the same thing.

What if I brewed at a pizza place and hosted the charity event on site. Then gave away the beer. Aside from that if they wanted to donate some money to a charity they could.

There wouldn't be a quid pro quo but I have to imagine if they just drink the beer and don't donate they would feel really guilty;)

Or could the restaurant organize a brewfest every other week?

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Using my Homebrew to raise money for charity
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2013, 09:22:27 PM »
I was thinking the same thing.

What if I brewed at a pizza place and hosted the charity event on site. Then gave away the beer. Aside from that if they wanted to donate some money to a charity they could.

There wouldn't be a quid pro quo but I have to imagine if they just drink the beer and don't donate they would feel really guilty;)

Or could the restaurant organize a brewfest every other week?

You should probably get legal advice from a lawyer rather than homebrewers.
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Re: Using my Homebrew to raise money for charity
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2013, 07:26:54 AM »
Even if we play lawyers on the internet?
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Re: Using my Homebrew to raise money for charity
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2013, 07:49:45 AM »
What if I brewed at a pizza place and hosted the charity event on site. Then gave away the beer. Aside from that if they wanted to donate some money to a charity they could.
I'm only an armchair lawyer, like an armchair quarterback, but brewing in a commercial business without a license has all sorts of bells and alarms going off in my head. Better to brew at home and bring it to the business. Also, check what your state laws say about bringing homebrew to tastings, exhibitions, etc.
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