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Old 08-01-2011, 07:29 PM   #1
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I know most of us this is a fun hobby with pure excitment along the way and having a really awesome brew you made urself!! I was just curious if any of you brewmasters sell ur product??

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Old 08-01-2011, 07:32 PM   #2
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Careful. You're gonna get flamed on this one. Better buckle up...

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Old 08-01-2011, 07:32 PM   #3
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No. It's illegal

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Old 08-01-2011, 07:41 PM   #4
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well i am asking because we all know places like "BJs" that brew and sell there own beer i even know of a single place thats not even a chain restaurant that brews and sells beer sooooo it cant be "illegal" i mean im sure it is by all means.... but how the hell do all these beers get out to the market if its illegal??

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It's illegal without the right permits/licenses, etc...

http://www.ttb.gov/

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Wally world & CVS,to name a couple contract out their brews to a brewery with their name on it. We,as home brewers,don't have licenses to sell commercially.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:53 PM   #7
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ok cool thx guys oh and AZ_IPA i like ur profile picture =]

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Old 08-01-2011, 07:56 PM   #8
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It's illegal without the right permits/licenses, etc...

http://www.ttb.gov/
Right on - Its not too hard to do legally - you just need the right permits. Most homebrewers, if they wanted to sell on a limited quantity, could probably easily get a farm permit.

The kicker is that for most state licenses (varies by state) you need a permit from the TTB (Tax & Trade Bureau). The TTB has a requirement that you own the property (check one for most people - renters may be out of luck) and that it is not zoned residential. (Dual purpose commercial/residential I'm sure would be fine)

So you could brew out of your garage, and get a permit to sell legally. But you need the approval of the TTB first, and I think the FDA. So they would inspect your premises! That right there is the limiting factor for 99% of homebrewers, and thus why they don't take those steps, and it would than be illegal for them to sell. I've seen other threads talk about the legality, or lack thereof, of "trading" to friends for donations back into their equipment, etc. Generally all of that is illegal, but falls more into what should be moral guidelines rather then legal ones.
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It's pretty simple (theoretically): you need the proper permits + licenses.

I think the majority of people on here frown upon selling one's homebrew because it's both illegal and because it puts homebrewing in the front light, especially when a homebrewer gets busted selling it.

Make some, drink some, give some. Leave it at that.

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Old 08-01-2011, 07:57 PM   #10
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Yeah I distribute my homebrew. To my fridge. And then my stomach. And finally the toilet.

It's a pretty complicated economic chain, but I'm starting to get a hang of it.

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