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Old 01-16-2013, 11:37 PM   #1
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I am curious, but what kind of licensing do you need in order to sell or distribute a homebrew? Is it illegal to sell or advertise?

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Old 01-16-2013, 11:40 PM   #2
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Selling home brew is illegal...period.

If you want to go pro you need to check the regulations for your state and get the proper licenses.

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Old 01-16-2013, 11:40 PM   #3
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:49 PM   #4
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First off, Welcome to Homebrew Talk!

Check this out, it should help. - www.brewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/self-distribution-laws

It lists (in simple terms) what the laws are for each state.

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Old 01-16-2013, 11:52 PM   #5
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:54 PM   #6
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Contact your liquor control board.

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Old 01-16-2013, 11:55 PM   #7
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:00 AM   #8
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I also suggest the OP check his state's laws regarding homebrewing lest he run afoul of the law. Ignorance is no excuse.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:24 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by beergolf View Post
Selling home brew is illegal...period.
to expand on that: in order to sell beer commercially, it needs to be produced in a commercial space (commercial zoning, commercial license, commercial bonds & insurance, etc). so you can't sell homebrew, since by definition homebrew is produced in a home, i.e. a non-commercial space.

starting a brewery, no matter what the size, is a HUGE pain in the a$$. you need licenses, and permits, and inspection certificates... hell, even you labels have to be approved before you can sell. here's a good blog post that lists some of this rigamarole: http://bayinghoundales.com/starting-up-a-brewery/

summary: you'd better be serious about selling beer, because once you start it's going to be a long & expensive time before you are allowed to actually sell. you need a serious business plan to pull this off, because this isn't something you can do for just a few barrels a year (unless you're independently wealthy, of course... but then why bother selling the beer).
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:34 AM   #10
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The standard fine for most brewing infractions is $10,000 and there are plenty of rules to abide by. Selling home brew from home is illegal so if you did it they would treat you like a moonshiner because you would not be paying all of the taxes you should be.

If you gave a restaurant a free t-shirt for serving your beer you would get hit with a $10,000 fine, If you advertise a restaurant on a social network site that is serving your beer it is a $10,000 fine (unless you list all of them).
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