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Old 05-27-2010, 10:56 PM   #1
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The non-member search sucks, didn't see a sticky, and I'm tired of looking. Driving from SC to OH with about five kegs + bottles...bad idea??

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Probably illegal. I'm currently driving from dc to ct as we speak with a keg, growlers, and bottles in the backseat of my convertible. Lots of sketchy towels tied around everything covering it up.

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Probably illegal. I'm currently driving from dc to ct as we speak with a keg, growlers, and bottles in the backseat of my convertible. Lots of sketchy towels tied around everything covering it up.
LOL on sketchy towels- nice move. Found a full thread here:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/tran...e-lines-68602/

Telling people to drive safely so as to not get pulled over is lame- what if you get in an accident that was not your fault?
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I wouldn't worry about it. If there is a law about it at that level, I'm pretty sure any cop that stops you wouldn't know it either. Just be a good driver and not a dick and you'll be fine.

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**** da police.

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I ran into this problem last year when I drove from Central PA to Oregon for my buddy's wedding with eight kegs inside of my kegerator in the back of my pickup. I did a lot of research and found out that it depends on the state that you're driving through. It is NOT illegal to transport home made beer across state lines... as long as you're going from a state where homebrewing is legal, to a state where homebrewing is legal. As soon as you cross into a state where homebrewing isn't legal, it's a crime.

There's also restrictions on amounts. Say you're driving from a state that allows the production of 200 gallons of beer per person per year, and you're going to a state that allows the production of 200 gallons of beer per person per year, but you have to go through a state that only allows the production of twenty gallons of beer and you have six kegs, now you're breaking the law. I think some states also have laws on how much you can transport (Washington for example limits you to twenty gallons of beer that you can transport.)

The best way to find out which states allow homebrewing and transport is to go to the Homebrewers Association site and look up each individual state that you'll be driving through for laws on brewing and transport.

When I drove to Oregon, I had to go through Utard, and it was before they legalized homebrewing, so I was technically breaking the law.

I'll be heading to NC in two weeks to spend a week at the Outer Banks with my girlfriend's family. I'll be bringing six kegs with me and know that PA, MD, VA, and NC all allow brewing with volume restrictions greater than thirty gallons. However, Virginia has a limit on the transport of up to 15 gallons. Luckily, all six kegs are only half full.

My advice, figure out you're route, print off the statutes from each state for home production, and take them with you in case there is any question.

Enjoy you're trip.

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You should be good. Just don't take the long way and drive through Utah. They are really sketchy about transporting beer across their state. They still give out bootlegging tickets.

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I ran into this problem last year when I drove from Central PA to Oregon for my buddy's wedding with eight kegs inside of my kegerator in the back of my pickup. I did a lot of research and found out that it depends on the state that you're driving through. It is NOT illegal to transport home made beer across state lines... as long as you're going from a state where homebrewing is legal, to a state where homebrewing is legal. As soon as you cross into a state where homebrewing isn't legal, it's a crime.

There's also restrictions on amounts. Say you're driving from a state that allows the production of 200 gallons of beer per person per year, and you're going to a state that allows the production of 200 gallons of beer per person per year, but you have to go through a state that only allows the production of twenty gallons of beer and you have six kegs, now you're breaking the law. I think some states also have laws on how much you can transport (Washington for example limits you to twenty gallons of beer that you can transport.)

The best way to find out which states allow homebrewing and transport is to go to the Homebrewers Association site and look up each individual state that you'll be driving through for laws on brewing and transport.

When I drove to Oregon, I had to go through Utard, and it was before they legalized homebrewing, so I was technically breaking the law.

I'll be heading to NC in two weeks to spend a week at the Outer Banks with my girlfriend's family. I'll be bringing six kegs with me and know that PA, MD, VA, and NC all allow brewing with volume restrictions greater than thirty gallons. However, Virginia has a limit on the transport of up to 15 gallons. Luckily, all six kegs are only half full.

My advice, figure out you're route, print off the statutes from each state for home production, and take them with you in case there is any question.

Enjoy you're trip.

~Darren
It amazes me that some of my American comrades call us Canadians socialists with crappy laws like this. Wow... I mean... wow. These laws are like very minor fascism with only 1 beneficiary in mind: the huge beer corporations.

Anyway, rant off: Darren makes a great point, I would be doing this if I lived in the US also. Whether you like a law or not, its not worth a fine or worse if you get caught IMO.
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These laws are like very minor fascism with only 1 beneficiary in mind: the huge beer corporations.
That's actually not true at all. Most of these stupid laws are just left over from prohibition and people who are afraid of alcohol. Sure, there are laws that the big guys like, but these have nothing to do with it.
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Hahaha, a Canadian criticizing US alcohol laws as fascist or overreaching. From a European it might be a valid criticism.

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