New Bill Could Allow States to Add Homebrew Sales on Cottage Licenses

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I have a friend who's really into politics, and more importantly, digging into what bills congress are voting on to see what they include. He found something on homebrew sales that might be pretty cool for us homebrewers. In fact, really cool.

Homebrew Sales Could be Legal to Sell With a Home Cottage Production License

Apparently the Bill, H J Res 59;14 has additions to the the Cottage Food Production licenses. Well technically it will legally allows amendments to be made so that states can vote to add them to their individual cottage production licenses (as each state has their own). If the bill passes, it could allow homebrew sales as early as 2018 in some states based on voting schedules.

What About Red Tape?


Of course there are always rules and regulations to these sorts of things. And this is certainly no exception. If you're selling alcohol, the government wants their cut for sure. But there are also a few other limitations.
Taxes: As it stands now, federal will be set at a current rate of 10$ / beer barrel (31 cents per gallon), plus your states rate/barrel. It will up to the brewer to report and pay those taxes to the city on a month to month basis. This is in addition to the Cottage License which must also be purchased first (price varies by state).
Your label will be how the taxes are procured on a federal level, which makes things easy. A special sticker will be sold on that has a seperate Surgeon General warning for beer & wine produced under the cottage license. There will only be two sizes available at the moment (12oz and 22oz). By purchasing the stickers, you're paying your federal alcohol tax for those bottles ahead of time, which is why the two stickers will be priced differently (remember you're taxed on volume). There hasn't been any word on how these will differ.
Location Approval: The brewing location and all actions and equipment related to the brewing process must be located in the resident's kitchen (similar to most regular cottage production regulations). Also it has to be a separate kitchen area, so sorry open concept folks. Lastly, also picked from a typical cottage license regulations, no pets should live on the premise because of allergy concerns for consumers.
Volume limits: The amount of homebrew you can sell is actually limited to your standard 100 gallons / person up to 200 gallons /household (if two adults reside in the home). This limit would be shared with your standard homebrew limitations. So you can't sell 200 gallons and make 200 gallons for yourself. You can only produce 200 gallons in your home max, whether it's sold or consumed. Several craft breweries had concerns about flooding the market with lack of quality beer flooding the market, and the volume limit has put most of those concerns to rest.

Early Opposition to the Bill


Those opposed to the "Homebrew Sales" bill have given the standard response, with concerns of consumers going blind, or catching some other rare illnesses such as botulism. Yeah, Someone said those things. Other concerns have been similar to those states which were picky about growler sales and what constitutes open containers. Beyond the typical bad apples, the bill as a whole has a good chance of passing given the current political climate, but if you want to really push it through you just need to let them know we mean business.
Call your congressman today and tell them: April Fools.

I was like oh thats pretty cool .. I even thought ok well here come the lame april fools jokes as i fired up the laptop.... mehhhh
Sweet.....................I was just talking with my co-worker about this very thing. You should know that I now fully expect you to devote your life to lobbying for this idea. Seriously though....................GET TO IT!!!!!
Sam Callagione says that the craft beer industry is "98% A-hole free."
Whoever wrote this article is in the 2%.
Or maybe I'm just mad that I TOTALLY FELL FOR THIS.
Good one. (Grrrrrrr)
actually here in ND it has been on the ballot the last two times. it doesn't pass because of federal tax implications. I say screw them, if they can sell pickled stuff at a farmers market without a license from the fda it seems ridiculous that some homebrew will cripple the nation.
Also - i already mentally had the dogs at the pound and a second kitchen addition installed in my basement until i got to the end of this article
If government over-regulation and restrictions on freedom weren't one​ of the top issues that bother me, I'd probably think this was a lot more amusing.
Good one, though!
This was really well written. So well, that not only did I fall for it (after all, HB1283 just threw a huge wrench in MD craft brew plans), maybe it will inspire us to start looking for loopholes in the current regulation that may give us enough time to prove product consistency and safety before the loophole gets slammed closed by our over-protective government representation? Maybe just long enough for us to prove viability as a cottage industry sector?
I have to say that my first thought was that this was a joke. But it was sufficiently well written to make me wonder a bit as I read it.
I am entertained.
Not fair. I let down my guard seeing as how it's not the 1st anymore :(
Don't know if this was on purpose, or just a strange coincidence, but the real H.J.Res.59 defines rules for the "distribution of hazardous chemicals."
That would adequately define some people's homebrew :)
HAHA!! well played sir, well played. Off to cry now.
I agree completely. There is zero reason for this not to be allowed by the government. Liberty and home-brew for all!
I'm a conservative and thought: "The Republicans are going to oppose this, damn!" Needless to say, you got me.
so this should be deleted now that April fools day is over... no reason to keep the "article" up any