Maryland statute Article 2B, §1 provides that a license or permit is not required for the manufacture of family beer exclusively for home consumption, competition, or use in a licensed national family wine exhibition and not for sale.
This statute is a very concise exception enabling the production of beer for home consumption without license or permit. “Beer” is defined as any brewed alcoholic beverage, and includes beer, ale, porter, and stout (Article 2B, §2).
State Alcohol Beverage Control Agency
- Comptroller of the Treasury
- Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division
- Goldstein Treasury Building
- P.O. Box 2999
- Annapolis, MD 21404-2999
- Phone: 410.974.3311
- Fax: 410.974.3201
- Montgomery County
- Department of Liquor Control
- 16650 Crabbs Branch Way
- Rockville, MD 20855
- Phone: 240.777.1900
- Fax: 240.777.1962
Applicable Statutory Material
Article 2B, §2 §2 Definitions. For the purposes of this article and unless otherwise required by the context:
(a) “Alcoholic beverages” means alcohol, brandy, whisky, rum, gin, cordial, ale, porter, stout, wine, cider, and any other spirituous, vinous, malt or fermented liquor, liquid, or compound, by whatever name called, containing one half of one per centum or more of alcohol by volume, which is fit for beverage purposes.
(b) “Beer” means any brewed alcoholic beverage, and includes beer, ale, porter, and stout. Article 2B, §1 §1 Prohibition without license or permit; exceptions; confiscation.
(b) Family wine, beer, or cider for home consumption, etc. — (1) A license or permit is not required for the manufacture of family wine, beer, or cider exclusively for home consumption, competition, or use in a licensed national family wine exhibition and not for sale.
(2) In St. Mary’s County, cider or native wines may be sold by the maker thereof without a license.
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