State Alcohol Beverage Control Agency
- Vermont Department of Liquor Control
- 13 Green Mountain Drive, Drawer 20
- Montpelier, Vermont 05620-4501
- Phone: 802.828.2345
- Fax: 802.828.2803
Applicable Statutory Material
Title 7: Alcoholic Beverages
Chapter 3: Prohibited Acts
65. Home-fermented malt and vinous beverages; tasting event
§ 65. Home-fermented malt and vinous beverages; tasting event
(a) A person of legal age may, without obtaining a license under this title or paying state taxes or fees, produce malt or vinous beverages, or both, at home provided that the amount of home-fermented beverages produced by that person does not exceed the quantities limitation in 26 U.S.C. §§ 5053 and 5042.
(b) Home-fermented beverages produced pursuant to this section may be transported to and offered for tasting at an organized event, exhibition, or competition held for home-fermented beverages, provided all the following conditions are met:
(1) The sponsor provides written notice of the event to the department no later than 10 days prior to the date of the event. The notice shall include a description of the delineated area in which the tastings will be offered, and in the case of a competition, the names of the judges hired by the sponsor.
(2) The public is not charged a fee for the tastings or for admission to the event, exhibition or competition. However, the sponsor may charge a fee to the producers of home-fermented beverages for their participation in the event.
(3) Tastings of home-fermented beverages are offered only within the delineated area specified in the notice to the department.
(4) No home-fermented beverages may be sold or offered for sale to the public, and all unused home-fermented beverages shall be disposed of by the permit holder.
(5) The event will be conducted in compliance with all the requirements of this title.
(6), (7) [Deleted.]
(c) A person who sponsors an organized event, exhibition or competition under this section or participates in the event as a producer of home-fermented beverages who violates any provision of this section may be fined not more than $1,000.00. (Added 1997, No. 158 (Adj. Sess.), § 5; amended 2007, No. 10, § 1, eff. April 26, 2007.)
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