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Old 02-16-2012, 12:21 AM   #1
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Someone has asked me to brew a special beer for an event of theirs. The bottles will be part of the gift bags for the attendees. It is a corporation, and as far as we see it, they are just buying raw ingredients, paying me something, and i'm donating these bottles to gift bags for non-paying attendees.

Its kind of a high-profile hollywood swank scenario, so it'd be a baller way to get a ball rolling for someone who is looking for some for angel investors for a small startup.

any input would be cool to help do this "legally".

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Old 02-16-2012, 12:24 AM   #2
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You'd have to comply with state law. In some states, it's illegal to give away homebrew or even remove it from the home in which it was brewed!

In Michigan, where I live, it's legal to give homebrew away so that part would be legal. But if you receive ANY compensation, the "gift bags" are selling homebrew, even though the recipients aren't the ones paying you, which is illegal in all states.

A synopsis of CA law is here: http://www.homebrewersassociation.or...tes/california

You are allowed to remove beer from your home for competitions, tastings and judgings.

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side note- they won't actually be paying me. but they might happen to buy me a whoooole bunch of awesome brew equipment... Doing up about 60Gallons. They want 300-350 Wine bottles of homebrew.

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according to the federal law it is illegal to contract brew, someone paying you to brew their ingredients would count as that in my opinion.

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according to the federal law it is illegal to contract brew, someone paying you to brew their ingredients would count as that in my opinion.
Right. If you receive awesome brew gear, it's not a gift, it's a payment.
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Most states have limit on how much you can brew. I think there us a federal limit too. May want to look into that if you are loking to start a large brewing operation.

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side note- they won't actually be paying me. but they might happen to buy me a whoooole bunch of awesome brew equipment... Doing up about 60Gallons. They want 300-350 Wine bottles of homebrew.
this sounds like a paying job... thus I would say it wouldn't be legal. I wish it was.... it would be great to be able to brew for people!
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Not my primary area of expertise, but I would be very concerned with them paying you anything. They buy ingredients, and you donate your time and expertise to make those into beer for gift bags, cool. They pay you anything, even if not directly for beer, you will be selling either beer or brewing services. That could be a real problem.

You also want to confirm your state's laws on distribution. There may be issues with general public distribution of homebrew, or rules about giving away beer in general.

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any input would be cool to help do this "legally".

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