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Old 02-02-2013, 06:37 PM   #1
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I recent brewed 600 beers (12 types) for my sons wedding. One of his friends ask if I could brew for his wedding. I did so for a nominal fee and everything went great. At this wedding a couple more friends ask me to do the same. Can I keep doing this without getting an ABC license to brew?

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Definitely not if you are being compensated in any way shape or form, and probably not even if you aren't. The specifics will depend on your state's laws.

Sorry dude. Selling homebrew is verboten.

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Old 02-02-2013, 06:47 PM   #3
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No.
I am not a lawyer, this post does not constitute legal advice. Always check local laws and a lawyer specializing in alcohol case law. If you get arrested it's your fault


Unless I misunderstood your post: You do not have a license to manufacture and sell alcohol. You manufactured beer and sold the alcohol.
This is bad news at the Federal and state levels that results in huge fines along with jail time.

You can ,depending on local laws, however 'brew jointly' where all interested parties(you and the lucky couple) purchase grain, hops, yeast, and then you do the brewing with a little input from them(such as hop additions, or milling the grain). Once the beer is fermented you each take your share and do with it what you will. The size of each share doesn't have to be equal. You could take a 6er of 100 gallons.

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Short answer- no. Longer answer- You cannot legally barter or sell homebrew. The homebrew laws are carved out as a limited exception (for personal consumption in your *home*) to the laws prohibiting alchohol production without all the licenses, fees, taxes (!) etc.
You also are limited to brewing 200 gallons per year/ household, or 100 if you live alone.
Oregon even recently had it illegal to send in competiton entries or transport HB to a friend's house.
I am a lawyer and I just gave you free advice. You're welcome

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I recent brewed 600 beers (12 types) for my sons wedding. One of his friends ask if I could brew for his wedding. I did so for a nominal fee and everything went great. At this wedding a couple more friends ask me to do the same. Can I keep doing this without getting an ABC license to brew?
You could have them "buy the ingredients" and brew it for them
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You could have them "buy the ingredients" and brew it for them
In many states, this is also illegal. There are no loopholes. Thinking you can out-crafty the legislation is a very risky mindset.
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:23 PM   #7
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You could have them "buy the ingredients" and brew it for them
no.

1,000 other threads in HBT about this same thing. there is no way around it; you can NOT sell your homebrew and the Revenuers will bust you no matter how you try and get around it.

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Old 02-02-2013, 07:31 PM   #8
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I wonder what the laws are here in Canada regarding homebrew.. never heard of any.

Apparently U.S. officials are being picky about homebrew... That being said better be safe than sorry, especially since there could be some jail time (wtf??? it's only beer!)

a wedding or two should be ok, but if you start distributing HB all over your area... I don't know.

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You could have them "buy the ingredients" and brew it for them
That's what I'm thinking.
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:16 AM   #10
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What's the difference from someone asking to buy beer

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