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Old 07-09-2014, 03:56 AM   #11
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Maybe it's time for a mod to create a sticky about this. I'm not even being facetious. It does get asked quite often.

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Old 07-09-2014, 04:06 AM   #12
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Not possible...at least in Indiana. However something like what you describe ( a homebrew club selling beer) is closer to becoming a reality in California!! A bill (AB 2609) currently working it's way through the CA legislature will allow homebrew clubs/associations that are legal non-profits (501c) to sell beer 2x a year at events/festivals. Some of the stipulations are that there has to be an educational portion of the event and that it is for "members only". Of course anyone who buys a ticket becomes a member....that is how the NHC and the California Homebrewers Assoc. festival work as well. There are also a few other smaller details in the proposed law so that it doesn't become a free for all ( i.e. no "day of" ticket sales). So IF you could get a law like that passed in IN you could start a legal non profit homebrew club and host beer events. Any money raised of course would have to go back to the non-profit but that could be ingredients, equipment, board member stipends, etc.

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Old 07-09-2014, 04:13 AM   #13
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While I highly doubt you can obtain any license to sell homebrew outside of applying for a brewery license you could always contact the Indiana Alcohol Tobacco Commission to see what they say.

http://iot.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/93 <--- For contact info.

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While I highly doubt you can obtain any license to sell homebrew outside of applying for a brewery license you could always contact the Indiana Alcohol Tobacco Commission to see what they say.

http://iot.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/93 <--- For contact info.
Still need the federal license as well, which will be the hold up.
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:59 AM   #15
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When did this site become the defacto site for homebrewers to ask other homebrewers how to get around licensing laws.

Let me google that for you:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=indiana+brewer+license
Haha I wasn't trying to get around licensing laws, just looking to see if there are varying degrees of licensing. Clearly there is not. I will just enjoy the hobby and leave the rest to the pros.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:42 AM   #16
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If you want to share your hobby, look for a brew club in your area. That club may also attend a few local festivals where they pour to the public.

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If you want to share your hobby, look for a brew club in your area. That club may also attend a few local festivals where they pour to the public.
This would be cool. Me and a few buddies just started a homebrew club. What would it take to serve beer at a festival?
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At this point you need to do some leg work. Find festival organizers. Talk to pro brewers for events they attend and then track those people down.

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Maybe it's time for a mod to create a sticky about this. I'm not even being facetious. It does get asked quite often.
That's a fantastic idea.

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Haha I wasn't trying to get around licensing laws, just looking to see if there are varying degrees of licensing. Clearly there is not. I will just enjoy the hobby and leave the rest to the pros.
Sorry if it seems like everyone is raining on your idea, but this question does seem to come up A LOT, and often it's people literally asking how to skirt the law. We are very protective of our hobby (and maintaining it's legal status), so we tend to get defensive when people ask these sort of questions.

I truly wish there was some sort of pico-brewer/homebrewer type license with relaxed standards (or at least lesser fees), but unfortunately the law is not skewed in our favor on this issue.

Just be content to share your homebrew with friends. If you want to make money in this hobby, you have to go pro, at which point it will no longer be a hobby, and require significant capital investment. There's just no way around that as the laws are currently written.
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Haha I wasn't trying to get around licensing laws, just looking to see if there are varying degrees of licensing. Clearly there is not. I will just enjoy the hobby and leave the rest to the pros.
No worries. It just ends up there so frequently. Probably wasn't fair of me to assume you were going that way with it. Hunter_La5 pretty much hit the nail on the head.
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