I started to type this up a few times. I have hunted for as much info as I can find which is very little. I was told that this is already being fought and worked on but I felt compelled to share this info. I am not trying to rattle the sabers or cause more problems but I think the more people that know about this the better. Please keep the discussion civil as threads like these can derail and degenerate very quickly, we are all on the "same team".
Last month in Racine WI. a homebrew club was raided/warned. (I am floored that there was nothing about it here...) I am not a member of this club but I have been told by active AHA members that WI is being HEAVILY looked at in a BAD way. The Dept. of Revenue is also now involved, I am told. I was also asked to not bring HB to club meetings anymore as it is a violation of the law as it is currently being enforced.
Here is the original article copy from the Racine Post: http://news.racinepost.com/2011/04/city-shuts-down-racine-home-brew-club.html
April 3, 2011
City Shuts Down Racine Home Brew Club
We've heard reports over the weekend of a city bust at DP Wigley in Racine. The gist seems to be the Health Department shut down the Belle City Brew Club for drinking home-brewed beer at the store. Apparently state laws says you can only drink home-brewed beer in the home of the person who brewed it.
It seems DP Wigley got in trouble because they were giving away beer in the store, presumably without a liquor license. The Saturday event was a fundraiser for the Racine Urban Garden Network.
More on this as it comes together, including what it means for the local home brew club and for DP Wigley, which sells brewing supplies through its store, Hop To It.
There are some interesting comments as well. This looks like the laws will need to be changed on a state level. Perhaps we can get enough people to get a law on the books that will allow us to sell our brew at farmer's markets an such, like they have in ND.
Is there anything one can do but wait? Traditionally the people who make these laws have no clue what they are doing and it sure would be nice to have laws work in our favor for once...
What are your thoughts?