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Old 06-12-2012, 04:54 AM   #1
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Default Home Brew Won't be Served at St Louis Brewers Heritage Festival for 2012

I didn't see any other posts regarding this, so thought I'd put this up.

The St Louis Excise Commission has deemed the serving of free home brewed beer at the Brewer's Heritage Festival to be illegal. Though this has been going on since 2007 and the State of Missouri liquor control board have signed off on this as being ok, the organizers of this years event came to the conclusion that if an attendee is buying a ticket and unlicensed brewers are serving their brew, then that is illegal.

I've read on here, somewhere, of this happening in other states. In those states where this has been remedied, how was that done?

The festival is 4 days away and I'm sure it won't be resolved by then. Shame too since there was over 700 gallons of home brew going to be served over the course of the 3 day festival.


http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/dining/bars-and-clubs-other/hip-hops/st-louis-homebrew-is-illegal-at-heritage-festival/article_f1f1a866-b439-11e1-ab83-0019bb30f31a.html

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Old 06-12-2012, 05:21 AM   #2
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Wow! That's too bad. I don't know if it has ever been challenged in California. I know of several homebrew clubs that have poured at commercial beer festivals but not to the level/amount that you guys had going on.
I hope the AHA gets involved and you guys get this straightened out for next year.

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Old 06-12-2012, 05:31 AM   #3
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As a regular volunteer for the festival this is very upsetting. I would love the focus to be on both great Midwestern craft beer and saint louis home brew. Amazing and sad the amount of increasing regulation and enforcement on home brewing as of late.

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Old 06-12-2012, 07:41 AM   #4
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I know it seems ****ty, but good things can come of this. In Oregon, we had a year where we couldn't legally transport homebrew outside our homes (even for competitions) after the OLCC looked at how our laws were worded. Now we have some of the most liberal homebrew laws in the nation. Use this as an opportunity to get your representatives to work for you.

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Old 06-12-2012, 10:36 AM   #5
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Could they buy the ticket for a raffle? Just have a couple prizes on offer!!! Or else maybe the people attending make a contribution to the cost of running the event or similar

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Old 06-12-2012, 11:15 AM   #6
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Unfortunately in St. Louis this means we won't allow it unless we get paid. I am dissapointed about it.

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It's bigger than a raffle. It's the premier beer event for St Louis and the proceeds go to a local charity. Hopefully we'll be able to do something like Oregon an get some rules clarified.

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The home brewer is not getting paid for the beer produced... the persons paying the fee are not necessarily going to drink the home brew. Their argument is invalid... particularly if the ABC board has already signed off on it. My guess is that this actually comes from someone being in a beer distributor's pocket.

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so, we gonna do about one of these a year then?

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At the Charlotte Oktoberfest the homebrewers are at least as popular as the commercial brewer's tents...there are (I think) three major brew clubs, and they all bring mondo amounts of homebrew. NC does actually have some fairly progressive beer laws though...about 7 yrs ago the raised the max abv and really opened up the doors for craft brewing.

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