Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Sign the petition, please

Good evening,

This just came to me (via email) and I wanted to get the word out...

"Existing California legislation regulating homemade beer and wine is unnecessarily restrictive and inconsistent with other progressive states' legislation.

Under current California law, it is illegal to share homemade beer and wine with your friends outside your home. In fact, the only time it is legal to remove homemade beer or wine from your home is to enter it into a competition, where it can only be tasted by the judges."
"23356.2. Home brew. No license or permit shall be required for the brewing of beer for personal or family use, and not for sale, by a person over the age of 21 years. The aggregate amount of beer with respect to any household shall not exceed (a) 200 gallons per calendar year if there are two or more adults in such household, or (b) 100 gallons per calendar year if there is only one adult in such household. Any beer brewed pursuant to this section may be removed from the premises where brewed for use in competition at organized affairs, exhibitions or competitions, including homemakers’ contests, tastings, or judgings."

If you're like me you want to be able to take your home brew to friend's houses, bring to family events, etc...and although I doubt the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will knock on the door at a function there are other places they may take issue with (like meet ups).

We all cart our beers around to functions, but I think we need to be sure the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control doesn't limit what we can do with our home brew.

Please take a couple of minutes to sign the online petition at (link here) and spread the word via Facebook as well as other social media outlets to make sure Sacramento hears our voice.

Sign the petition here.


Mark Harvey

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