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Old 09-26-2013, 03:31 AM   #1
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I live I Wisconsin. I am looking at holding an event that you have to pay to get into but only serves homebrew. Now, I have been informed it is illegal to charge for homebrew making the event illegal. Is there a way around this. Can I charge for the glass and the homebrew is free? There must be a way since homebrew clubs serve at paying events.

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Old 09-26-2013, 04:14 AM   #2
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The way around this is charging for a glass, paying admission for the venue, or doing something like a chili cook-off at the same event. Legally speaking though, any attendee can ask to be let in for free to only partake in the "free" homebrew and they can bring their own tasting vessel. This never happens mostly because people are unaware of the laws. I speak from experience with events in PA. The laws may be different in your state...

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Old 09-26-2013, 04:27 AM   #3
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I live I Wisconsin. I am looking at holding an event that you have to pay to get into but only serves homebrew. Now, I have been informed it is illegal to charge for homebrew making the event illegal. Is there a way around this. Can I charge for the glass and the homebrew is free? There must be a way since homebrew clubs serve at paying events.
http://www.homebrewersassociation.or...utes/wisconsin
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Doesn't look like you can get around it. Other events have been for charity.
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:50 AM   #4
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A charity event or a members only event is really the only way.

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Old 09-26-2013, 04:44 PM   #5
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I serve homebrew, as do other club members, at "ticketed" events several times a year. The key is that they, in most cases, are private, "invite only" events. One example is the Southern California Homebrewers Festival as well as the NHC.

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Old 09-27-2013, 07:55 PM   #6
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I just found out that a local beer festival near me was not going to be allowed to serve homebrew. The weird part is that ABC was totally okay with it since it was part of a competition and met the letter of the law. The county environmental health shut homebrewers out since they didn't have a health permit....never heard of that before.

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I just found out that a local beer festival near me was not going to be allowed to serve homebrew. The weird part is that ABC was totally okay with it since it was part of a competition and met the letter of the law. The county environmental health shut homebrewers out since they didn't have a health permit....never heard of that before.
Where was the festival to be held?
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Southern California...

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OP was planning an event in Wisconsin. Does anyone have any ideas how the event can happen with the statutes in Wisconsin as they are?

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Beerfests I go to have a token system. Pay for tokens that are then exchanged for beer. Technically, you are only buying a token, not alcohol.

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