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Old 02-11-2010, 12:53 AM   #1
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Default Gas station brew?

A friend of mine owns a gas station here in town and is considering selling my home brew at his store.

Does anyone know what kind of paperwork I, the home brewer, needs to fill out to make this legit? My friend already has the license to sell beer and wine in his gas station.

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Old 02-11-2010, 12:56 AM   #2
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i believe you'd have to become a legitimate brewery.

so, whatever it takes to become that.

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Old 02-11-2010, 01:04 AM   #3
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Isn't TX a 5%=ALE state? That aside, as a HOME brewer you are a home brewer. Your friend can sell any beer that a distributor sells him, but not yours. A little search and I found that the licensing fees for TX are about $2000 per year for Ale (for the brewer, not the retailer). Taking a wild guess here, but you have to put everything in new bottles and god I hope you have insurance.

I don't know much about Texas, but you don't want to do this. Brew and enjoy your beer.

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Old 02-11-2010, 01:38 AM   #4
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Old 02-11-2010, 01:43 AM   #5
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You'd definitely have to check with the laws in your state, but at the very least you'd need a brewery license. It's illegal to sell homebrew, and in Texas, you may homebrew a beer of up to 4% alcohol by weight legally, as long as you are 200 gallons a year or less.

for more information on possibly selling your beer, contact:
State Alcohol Beverage Control Agency
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
5806 Mesa Dr.
Austin, TX 78731
Phone: 512.458.2500

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Old 02-11-2010, 02:22 AM   #6
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Aside from state licensing requirements, there's federal requirements as well (stuff you need to do if you're planning to offer your beer for sale). The Feds will not be too thrilled with you if you're not all licensed up and duly paying tax on what you produce and sell.

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And if think those regulations are bad, in Oregon you can't give homebrew away except under very limited conditions; one of which is 2 oz. samples and only one sample per person.

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It seems like I definitely will not being doing this. Thanks for the quick replies.

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and in Texas, you may homebrew a beer of up to 4% alcohol by weight legally, as long as you are 200 gallons a year or less.
wait, so my 7-8% IPA's I'm brewing are illegal?

Where did you see this 4% cutoff rule?
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And if think those regulations are bad, in Oregon you can't give homebrew away except under very limited conditions; one of which is 2 oz. samples and only one sample per person.
Wh...What? That is ridiculous. I never looked into laws here in PA but I give away 6 packs and bombers all the time to my friends and family. They'll never take me alive!! haha
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