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Old 10-07-2009, 05:46 PM   #1
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So a buddy of mine's Wife sampled one of the extract brews I made and loved it. She is starting her own catering company, out of her house, and keeps asking me to brew beer to pair with the meals she is going to offer. I like the idea of making a little money for something I enjoy doing, but I'm hesitant to agree to do it because of possible legal issues. Should I be concerned? What do you guys think about a situation like this?

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Old 10-07-2009, 05:49 PM   #2
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you cannot sell your beer without proper licensing.

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Old 10-07-2009, 05:51 PM   #3
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you cannot sell your beer without proper licensing.
i am aware of that.
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so, then, ummm....whats the question?

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It is illegal to distribute unlicensed, untaxed beer. There are state and federal limits on the quantity of untaxed beer which may even be brewed. States vary but Federal is 100 gallons per adult resident, max of 200 gallons per household.

It is possible to do it legally but you must get the proper permits and licenses from state and federal authorities. And pay the taxes or end up like Al Capone - imprisoned and syphilitic.

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Well, if you're aware that you cannot sell your beer, why are you asking? Not to be a dick, but that just doesn't make sense. If you get any type of "compensation" for this, it would be illegal. There was just a post on here yesterday about a big festival at Ohio University that was broken up by the police for illegal distribution. From what I can remember, they weren't charging for the beer, they were only charging $1.00 for admission. Either way, it's still "selling" your beer!

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So then what is your actual question ?

Do we think you should get all the licensing and sell it to the caterer ? If you can make money at it sure. How much will she need and can you keep up with the demand you need to ask yourself.

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The AHA website catalogues all the states' laws on homebrewing. Check out the statutes for your jurisdiction:
http://www.beertown.org/homebrewing/legal.html.

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Contact legal council.

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Contact legal council.
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