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rainbow 11-05-2007 11:18 AM

Starting selling your beer?

We have done a few all grain brews now with quite a bit of success and are now wondering about selling it at the local farmers market. What do we need to do? Does anyone sell on a small scale? Do you have to set up as a business and will this cost a lot?


Professor Frink 11-05-2007 11:32 AM

First and foremost you need a liquor license.

joebou4860 11-05-2007 12:09 PM

you will want to check with your local governments as the rules on this vary from state to state and even county to county.

Waldo 11-05-2007 12:15 PM

Short answer is don't even think about it, you will spend a small fortune just getting through all of the legal red tape.

killian 11-05-2007 12:17 PM

I wish you could sell homebrew but they make the laws so damn strict. you need a lot of capital to brew for sale.

EdWort 11-05-2007 12:17 PM

Yep, lots of rules, laws, and such to watch out for. The 100 gallon allowance you have for homebrew is for personal consumption, not for sale.

You don't want the BTAF kickin your doors in, taking your beer and hauling you off in handcuffs.

ohiobrewtus 11-05-2007 12:26 PM

In my state (Ohio) a license to manufacture and sell beer is $3,975... annually.

mr x 11-05-2007 12:32 PM

Yeah, I've thought about it too. I'm sure there are creative ways to skirt the law especially with way-out in the country farmer's markets. I don't think there are laws preventing me from giving away beer to my friends on my property. We become friends when you buy one of my sandwiches,etc. lol

I'm sure it isn't worth the trouble. Last thing you need is someone getting plastered and running over a kid on a bicycle...

RadicalEd 11-05-2007 12:32 PM

Seems like a strange number; not so much as to really milk a brewery, but enough to keep the little guy from starting up. I guess your state legislatures like BMC...

david_42 11-05-2007 12:49 PM

There's one guy locally who is brewing commercially with a 20 gallon system. I also know of a couple of 1 barrel houses. Licenses are a around $1000 and, of course, there are inspections, testing, taxes, etc. Each batch has to be tested for ABV, since that is the basis for the taxes. Even though Oregon has one of the worst licensing & distribution systems in the country, that hasn't stopped the craft industry.

I'm fairly certain you can't give brew away if you are selling something else. I KNOW you can't have fermenters bubbling away in the kitchen of your pizzeria. Guy got busted for that last year.

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