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Old 06-04-2011, 04:43 PM   #1
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We are having some legal issues with a homebrew competition tied with a fundraiser for MS and were hoping to get some advice on how to keep this event going into the future. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. You can read about the event and what happened here: http://www.wiscnews.com/baraboonewsrepublic/news/local/article_7f16d998-8d88-11e0-8384-001cc4c03286.html and here: www.brewatthebarn.com

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Old 06-04-2011, 04:50 PM   #2
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Roger Johnson of the state Department of Revenue-Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Unit said it's not legal to hold a competition at a business or any other public place that holds a retail liquor license or permit.
It would seem the best way to have this event would be to have the laws changed. Easier said than done. It is too bad that what the article described as a concerned citizen (busybody) can ruin what otherwise was a harmless event.
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Old 06-04-2011, 06:48 PM   #3
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First off I think Jamie Martin needs a little talkin' to!!!

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Old 06-04-2011, 06:54 PM   #4
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Who's got Jamie Martin's email? A couple thousand messages in the inbox usually gets a notice.

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We have a local BBQ festival where there are both vendors and citizens entering the BBQ competition. Contestants may not provide their food to the public, even for free. This is both for health code reasons, and I'm sure to not compete with the vendors. Always made sense to me, even though I'd like to be able to sample their wares.

Laws are laws.

You do get into a difficult area where some of the beers available at a place are taxes and controlled while others aren't. I know there's a bar that has a "homebrewer" night. But they open it up just to the participating homebrewers, and hold it in a private spare separate from where taxed and "public" service occurs.

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I have no good advice, but want to say I'm sorry. It is a shame that a fundraiser is spoiled by some busy body that has nothing better to do than ruin a good time, and a good fundraiser.

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Concerned citizen or concerned competitor?

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Regardless of the guy who spoke up, you were breaking laws. Find a better way to support charities. I personally cannot believe you tried to sell homebrewed beer at a restaurant. That seems like poor decision making.

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the bar owner is lucky they arent loosing their license. Most states have a three tier system who you can get beer through. the best bet is start talking to your local politicians it probally take years to get passed because the lobbying power of the distributers

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Old 06-05-2011, 02:31 PM   #10
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We are having some legal issues with a homebrew competition tied with a fundraiser for MS and were hoping to get some advice on how to keep this event going into the future. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. You can read about the event and what happened here: http://www.wiscnews.com/baraboonewsrepublic/news/local/article_7f16d998-8d88-11e0-8384-001cc4c03286.html and here: www.brewatthebarn.com

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Well that sucks. Unfortunately I am pretty sure the law on homebrew in Wisconsin is that you can only brew at your own residence and it cannot be transported outside that residence.

Competitions are illegal. I think the authorities have just been looking the other way. There was recently a problem with a homebrew club down by Racine. There really needs to be a change in legislation.

I have been to the Coffee Bean Connection but never the Barn. I will stop at the Barn now that I know a little more about it. I plan to boycott the Moosejaw now. Not hard as I didn't find their beer all that interesting anyway. There are several much, much better brewpubs in Madison and I am 30 miles from either.
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