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Old 01-28-2013, 02:28 AM   #11
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Beer laws vary wildly from state to state and even in municipalities. In MS we have dry counties where some of the cities can sell alcohol but if you get caught with it in the county you can be fined.
I think free samples are great but I bet they are illegal here.

From what I understand here in MS they can sell the homebrew supplies but it is illegal for an individual to make beer without a license.

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:28 AM   #12
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Pretty sure it's illegal unless they have a liquor license. A public business is not allowed to give away free alcohol.
"Pretty sure". means nothing
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:56 AM   #13
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Pretty sure means nothing
Well I know that when I was looking into starting a Brew on Premise business the CA ABC specifically stated that sampling of beer, free or othewise, was not allowed without an alcohol license. I don't know why this would be different.
Don't get me wrong....I think it's a great idea...it is just technically illegal
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:02 AM   #14
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Mine does. But i think it depends on state to state. I also don't know if it's legal to do so in some that offer it but you know don't ask dont' tell.

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:06 AM   #15
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Well I know that when I was looking into starting a Brew on Premise business the CA ABC specifically stated that sampling of beer, free or othewise, was not allowed without an alcohol license. I don't know why this would be different.
Don't get me wrong....I think it's a great idea...it is just technically illegal
I've been to LHBSes in CA to give samples.

I'm pretty sure the LBHS I visit most often gives out samples, and they're located next door to the Sherrif's office.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:16 AM   #16
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I've been to LHBSes in CA to give samples.

I'm pretty sure the LBHS I visit most often gives out samples, and they're located next door to the Sherrif's office.
Which just goes to show...that no one cares about enforcing homebrew laws!!

I know of homebrewers who pour their beer at special events for businesses...i.e. art galleries, boutiques, grand openings, etc... I think what the ABC is afraid of is that people will start leaving "tips".
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:20 AM   #17
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I've been to LHBSes in CA to give samples.

I'm pretty sure the LBHS I visit most often gives out samples, and they're located next door to the Sherrif's office.
Apparently we both shop at the Brewmeister in Roseville??

The laws in CA are somewhat confusing. A client can go into a hair salon and get served a glass of wine, but they are not in the business of selling alcohol. I would assume the same goes for the LHBS since neither account holds an alcohol license. However, they cannot charge for it.

However, an off-premise licensed account must have a special license to serve samples (such as you see in some BevMo, Total Wine and Raley's stores).

If you sell alcohol, samples are restricted. However, I am not aware of any restriction for non-licensed accounts to give alcohol to customers (unless they were under age...that's a different law)

(I can't give you any statute numbers, but I worked in the CA beer industry for several years and I am not aware of any restrictions where sales are not involved)
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Apparently we both shop at the Brewmeister in Roseville??
Yesh, we do! Were you at the brewery event yesterday?
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:52 AM   #19
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Here is why I think it is illegal in the eyes of the ABC. If a business provides "free" alcohol to their customers it easy for them to include the price of the alcohol into the product or service they are selling. In the case of the LHBS say they raise the price of their grain a .10 cents/lb in order to pay for the "free" beer samples. They are then being compensated for providing beer. Of course this almost impossible to prove. The ABC knows this... thus the law that no business can give out "free" alcohol without the proper license.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:57 AM   #20
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My question is why do you care? Are you going to turn them in? I would say enjoy it and keep quiet before you get some unwanted attention.
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