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Offline bfslovick

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cottage licensed kitchen.
« on: September 14, 2018, 09:46:53 PM »
Anyone else run into a problem with being unable to have a homebrew competition at a brew fest because the health department insisted that all brew served had to be prepared in a certified commercial or cottage licensed kitchen. Beer isn't even on the allowed list in the state of California where the brew fest is to take place.
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Re: cottage licensed kitchen.
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2018, 09:50:38 PM »
Wow. I hope not. I am planning to serve alongside 40+ other homebrewers for a fundraiser tomorrow.


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Re: cottage licensed kitchen.
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2018, 10:34:43 PM »
Anyone else run into a problem with being unable to have a homebrew competition at a brew fest because the health department insisted that all brew served had to be prepared in a certified commercial or cottage licensed kitchen. Beer isn't even on the allowed list in the state of California where the brew fest is to take place.

Unless the beer festival is run by a non-profit, I don't think it is legal under California law to serve homebrew at a beer festival.  Only non-profits are allowed to serve (sell) homebrew to the public.

You can find the California homebrew law here: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/homebrewing-rights/statutes/California/.

I seem to recall something coming up in the past with the health department and a Brewing Network event where homebrew was going to be served.  I'll see if we can dig up some more info on that.

I know that homebrewer in Nevada have run into issues with their state health department. 
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Re: cottage licensed kitchen.
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2018, 12:15:32 AM »
The event is hosted by a local Chamber of Commerce. They are a 503 (c) 6. Apparently, there is some confusion concerning the conflicting regulations from the California Alcohol and Beverage Control and the California Department of Public Health that has caused this challenge. The event is tomorrow, Saturday, & the Health Dept. advised them on Wednesday that they are now requiring all brews being dispensed, including homebrews, be prepared in a certified commercial or cottage licensed kitchen & they will be on site inspecting certifications at the event. Homebrewing isn't even on the allowed items list for cottage licensed kitchen by the California Department of Public Health.
Bev Slovick
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Delta Brewing Club

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Re: cottage licensed kitchen.
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2018, 05:21:15 PM »
Did the event happen?

I gather it depends on county health regulators understanding of the homebrew law.  Last year, The Brewing Network was not allowed to serve homebrew at their event, but this year it was allowed, citing the homebrew law.
Gary Glass
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