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Old 01-28-2013, 11:42 AM   #21
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My question is why do you care? Are you going to turn them in? I would say enjoy it and keep quiet before you get some unwanted attention.
I was waiting for someone to ask your questions.
Do I care ? no, just curious
Turn them in? Hell no
But you can bet next time I go there, I am going to ask them. As should everyone else just so they know what the law is, instead of saying, "I think"
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:47 PM   #22
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JWDover,my lhbs,has Black Box Brewing on premises,but never a free sample of anything. You guys are lucky. I'd love t0 sample some brews while I'm shopping or waiting in line talkin.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:05 PM   #23
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I wish mine did. I would be there even more often.

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Old 01-28-2013, 02:15 PM   #24
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Love me some samples! My LHBS samples on Saturdays, usually has 8-10 beers out to try, all of the same style for comparison. Great to hang out, drink some beer, and shoot the ****....and learn some stuff.

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Old 01-28-2013, 02:17 PM   #25
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One lawyer says yes....one lawyer says no. http://www.lawqa.com/qa/can-i-give-a...ithout-license
Apparently in Texas it is OK....as long as anyone can receive free samples...not just customers. http://www.tabc.state.tx.us/faq/licensing.asp
Not legal in Michigan either.....http://www.mlive.com/business/ann-ar...rbor_busi.html

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Old 01-28-2013, 02:23 PM   #26
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Mine does it here in MD as well.

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Old 01-28-2013, 02:26 PM   #27
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Here is why I think it is illegal in the eyes of the ABC. If a business provides "free" alcohol to their customers it easy for them to include the price of the alcohol into the product or service they are selling. In the case of the LHBS say they raise the price of their grain a .10 cents/lb in order to pay for the "free" beer samples. They are then being compensated for providing beer. Of course this almost impossible to prove. The ABC knows this... thus the law that no business can give out "free" alcohol without the proper license.
Actually most HBS that I know formulate their own recipe kits, then serve those recipe kits on draft. And yes there si some markup in recipe kits, but they're already brewing them up to test them out, why not share some with a prospective customer to sway them to try to buy a kit. Marking up grains is dangerous because you can chase customers elsewhere.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:34 PM   #28
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My local brepub gave out free pints for the first month they were open while they were waiting to get their licence.

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Old 01-28-2013, 05:46 PM   #29
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I take a sixer in with me and we drink it then we start hitting his kegs. Next thing you know I am walking out with a ton more stuff that I need

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At least in CA it is definetly illegal. In fact it is essentially the same as selling homebrew in the eyes of the law. http://calbevlaw.com/2010/12/11/when...icense-needed/

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