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Old 07-12-2010, 03:20 PM   #1
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Default Oregon tightens homebrew laws..

Don't know if you guys saw this or not:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...MPLATE=DEFAULT

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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission's new interpretation of an old law has put homemade beer and wine in the spotlight, effectively banning judged competitions, home-brewing club tasting nights, and even the taking of a six-pack of home-brewed beer to a neighbor's barbecue.
I just heard about it on the radio this morning.. I'm rather PO'd. I was just thinking about trying to start entering local competitions to get some feedback about my beer...


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Old 07-12-2010, 03:34 PM   #2
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Okay. So do it.

Oklahoma JUST passed the law to legalize HB. It's not even in effect yet.

I have been brewing for nearly 4 years now and had carted HB to club events without so much as a hint of an issue.


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Old 07-12-2010, 03:39 PM   #3
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Wow, talk about a giant step in the wrong direction.
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:40 PM   #4
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so we now have 3 threads on this topic:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/oreg...itions-184707/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/anyo...oregon-186071/

and now this one.

The OP even posted in one of the other threads...I do not understand...why?

I get it that this sux bad but making new threads just to do it seems redundant and unnecessary.

I do wish all the fellow HBers out there the best of luck.
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:40 PM   #5
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/oreg...itions-184707/

You can send some beer to me, I won't tell anyone and I will let you know how it tastes.
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:40 PM   #6
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Yeah I heard about this, I was going to enter my first brew into the competition and now it's been canceled because of this bogus interpretation. Hopefully it is taken care of soon to allow competitions to continue.
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:41 PM   #7
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Several threads going on about this already. Here are three.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/oreg...itions-184707/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f96/olcc...llegal-184453/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/anyo...oregon-186071/
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:47 PM   #8
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Look, guys, at this point it's getting worked on. It's a bummer for the rest of this year, but a group has been formed (Oregon Home Brewers Alliance) to get the law changed. We have a draft bill already, and several state legislators on our side. Even the OLCC has said they want to see the law changed! If you're interested in helping, keep an eye on the website at www.oregonhomebrewersalliance.org. We'll let you know when we have a good bill and who you can write to. The legislature doesn't reconvene until Jan. 2011, and we hope to get our bill introduced shortly after that.
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*sigh*

They will control everything soon enough.
This isn't a new law, and the OLCC has said they want it changed. A law legalizing homebrew competitions is pretty likely to be passed in the next legislative session.

"They" are moving toward less and less control in this area, really--remember it's only about 30 years ago that home brewing was illegal across the entire United States, and now even places like Utah, Oklahoma, and Alabama are legalizing it (or headed that way).
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Old 07-12-2010, 06:13 PM   #10
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What good will that do? This law is at least 20 years old, likely more. It was probably written before there were such things as homebrew clubs and comps. The people who wrote it are long gone and the ones who are in office now want it changed. This is not a case of "the man trying to get us down". This is a case of an old law that simply needs to be changed.


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