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Old 12-01-2008, 07:41 PM   #1
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Just for S and G's how would you ever go about legally selling your beer to a local bar or what ever?

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Old 12-01-2008, 07:43 PM   #2
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you need to get a license, space to brew in, etc.

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Old 12-01-2008, 07:44 PM   #3
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Differs from state to state...
also be aware that you'd fall under all of the standard restaurant inspections, health permits, etc. - and in additionl I think you have to do something with the ATF.

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Old 12-01-2008, 07:44 PM   #4
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You don't.

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Old 12-01-2008, 07:44 PM   #5
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Don't even think about it.....way too many laws against it. BATF and local liquor control from state governments involved.

Just drink up and enjoy.

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Old 12-01-2008, 07:44 PM   #6
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Why screw up a great hobby by having to deal with all that ?

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Old 12-01-2008, 08:00 PM   #7
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In the end, it's just not worth it. You would most likely have to invest hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars into permits and licenses, not to mention a facility subject to health inspections, government approval on labels, etc.

Unless you have a plan in place to get the space to brew batches of 2bbl or larger it would be difficult (if not impossible) to keep up with even moderate demand for your beer if you're brewing 10 gallon batches at a time.

Some links that might help you:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/selling-homebrew-1205/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/selling-my-beer-86978/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/ther...omebrew-88824/

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Old 12-01-2008, 08:07 PM   #8
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No no no... You don't sell your beer
You trade it or give it away so that people feel obliged to do favours for you

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Old 12-01-2008, 09:27 PM   #9
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Two methods without messy government forms:
1. You wait until the Constitution is amended forbidding all forms of alcohol sale and distribution. You then go to the nearest dark alley and wait until a dark shadowy figure approaches you with an established, underground distribution network. You then accept whatever price they are willing to offer and begin the enjoyment of your riches. Don't mess up the supply chain, or some even more shadowy figures named Smith, Wesson, and Remington show up at your house in the wee hours to notify you that you are no longer on retainer.

2. You brew and market your product on the "downlow" bypassing every local, state and federal law that has already been enacted. Hope your business "partner" can keep his mouth shut while you both enjoy the higher profit margins. Understand that in a state of drunkeness he will shoot his mouth off to the wrong person, thus creating a situation where Sgt. Joe Friday and Uncle Sam show up at your house at the wee hours notifying you that you need to keep a lawyer on retainer.

All kidding aside, from the other threads that have been started on this topic it sounds like you have to jump through some serious hoops on a local, state and national level. At that point it is no longer a hobby, but work. If you have the perseverance and some good business skills, then maybe it is what you are looking for and congratulations are in order. I know I would frequent an establishment or purchase brews from an established HBT member that took the legal route.

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No no no... You don't sell your beer
You trade it or give it away so that people feel obliged to do favours for you
I like this method the best.
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