February 24, 2011 by fhsteinbart
For those of you that have been under a rock for the past 9 months here’s the scoop:
Last summer a ruling on the interpretation of home brewing legeslation was requested by an Oregon Brewery Wanting to hold a tasting of home brewed beers. The Oregon Department of Justice came forth with a ruling citing oregons current legal provisions that Oregons Current Law “apply(ied) to the making or keeping of naturally fermented wines and fruit juices or beer in the home, for home consumption and not for sale.”
This ruling stated that it was against Oregon state law to remove homemade beer or wine from ones residence. This effectively baned home beer and wine competitions, or tasting of home beer and wine at home brew clubs. It is currently a crime to take a six pack of home brew to your neighbors BBQ.
Now that everyone is caught up. Here is what is currently happening in the Oregon State Legislature.
Yesterday the Oregon State Senate approved Legislative Bill 444, which would allow Home Brewers and Home Wine Makers to transport and serve their home made beverages provided that they no “value that is given or received directly or indirectly through sales, barter,trade, fees, charges, dues, contributions or donations.” This however does not apply to homebrew clubs or any event charging admission where the amount of alcohol consumed is not dependant on the charge of admission.
In lamens terms this bill would:
● Eliminate restrictions on the transportation of homebrew
● Eliminate restrictions on where homebrew can be consumed
● Eliminate restrictions on where homebrew can be made
● Allow clubs to charge dues
● Allow entry fees and prizes at competitions
● Allow homebrew to be served at club meetings held at pubs or other licensed premises
● Allow homebrew club members to participate in small-scale professional brewing at pubs
● Allow people who teach homebrewing classes to be paid.
This bill has not been passed into law!
Though this bill has been unanimously approved by our state senate it still must pass the house. We urge you to contact your House Representative and let them know how important it is to correct this law. Let them know how important it is that this bill be ratified.