Oregon to Fix Homebrew Laws?

January 25, 2011

Last week, I posted a review about attending MashFest, which was a beer festival where all the brewers were homebrewers. It was in Vancouver, WA, but if it has been held across the river in Portland, OR, the event would have been illegal because last year, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission decided to enforce a small amount of wording making it illegal to transport homebrew outside the home. The result was no amateur homebrew competition at the Oregon State Fair after 22 years.

The Oregon Home Brewers Alliance has been working with Sen. Floyd Prozanski to help draft a bill to fix this problem. In addition, there are also apparently five other proposed bills addressing transportation of homebrew, so something is bound to change.

The 2011 Oregon Legislation had a chance to look over the various bills, but are currently adjourned and will not meet again until February 1, so this will be an interesting topic to follow.

Further reading from the Oregon Home Brewers Alliance:

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