Help Legalize Homebrew Events in California

Dear California AHA Members,

Your action is needed now to ensure passage of AB 2609, a bill that will allow homebrewer organizations to host homebrew events in the state of California like the Southern California Homebrewers Festival and the AHA National Homebrewers Conference.

Last year, the California legislature passed a well-intentioned bill, AB 1425, which had the unfortunate consequence of making it illegal for nonprofit homebrewer organizations to host homebrew events like those cited above.

If passed, AB 2609 will once again allow the California Homebrewers Association to organize the Southern California Homebrewers Festival, an annual event attended by 2,000 homebrewers that had to be cancelled this year due to the change in law. Without passage of AB 2609, the AHA may be forced to cancel or relocate the 2015 AHA National Homebrewers Conference planned for San Diego.

In June, the Senate Governmental Organization Committee passed the bill unanimously, following undisputed votes in the Assembly and Assembly Governmental Organization Committee.

How Can You Help?

AB 2609 will soon be brought to a vote before the full Senate. Please call or email the state Senator for your district and politely urge him/her to vote in favor of AB 2609.

Thank you for your support of homebrewers. Your action could make the difference in whether or not this legislation becomes law. Please forward this message to other California residents and businesses that may be interested in supporting this bill.


  • Gary Glass
  • Director
  • American Homebrewers Association