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Old 09-07-2012, 03:01 AM   #21
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If you are brewing that often for people's events then make them pay for the ingrdients.
The problem is that, and I am sure Airborneguy would agree, that is pretty much the equivalent of selling homebrew. I know that it is a stretch but...?? If someone wants to become a "supporter" of the brewery and donate money for more kegs and in return gets a t-shirt that is legal. I know it is splitting hairs but....people like to do that around here.
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Old 09-07-2012, 04:52 AM   #22
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It's totally illegal, we've one over this a million times. No one is coming after you, but be straight about it so some schmo doesn't start playing the same game under the impression that it's legal.

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Old 09-07-2012, 05:02 AM   #23
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How is it illegal to have someone pay for the ingredients?

I heard a guy on here say he has a pitcher by his kegerator that says "Beer is free, ingredients aren't!"

And I'm sure he won't get hassled about asking friends to pitch in for ingredients if he brews for their event.

I have a friend that started a brewery with a "Metal" music themed tasting room and he is swamped with business. Not my cup of tea but he brews good beer and is living the dream. Best of luck to the OP.

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Old 09-07-2012, 05:09 AM   #24
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Sadly, bartering laws are specific with regard to taxation which brings into play booze laws.

Better to not do it (or at least not talk about it)

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It's totally illegal, we've one over this a million times. No one is coming after you, but be straight about it so some schmo doesn't start playing the same game under the impression that it's legal.
Exactly my point! But if you have a Kickstarter for your home brewery and people freely donate....completely legal as long as your "rewards" don't involve alcohol. Actually they could if they involved brewing lessons and not just beer.
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I'm not playing this mental game yet again. As someone who spends a lot of time in court as part of my job, I can assure you that the buck stops for 'loopholes' as soon as you're in front of a judge.

As I always make clear, you're not going to get arrested, hassled, or whatever you want to call it. But it is illegal, period. Wink, wink doesn't fool anyone.

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Maybe you could sponsor Magic the Gathering tournaments in the brewpub that could bring in the kind of clientele you're looking for.

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Old 09-07-2012, 04:23 PM   #28
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I'm guessing you probably aren't our target market then.
The problem is you stated that your target market are people who come to dragon-con once a year...what are you going to do the other 51 weeks of the year?

How many "geeks" are there in the metro-ATL area? and what percentage drink beer? Of that percentage, how many drink craft beer? Of THAT percentage, how many do you think you can get into your place/drink your beer?

That is your target market.
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