Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Kansas considering a bill to legalize homebrewing club activites

Posted By on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Home brew could finally make it out of the home in Kansas.
If Kansas isn't careful, it's going to start attracting more beer brewers. A state that has yet to ratify the amendment overturning Prohibition is dancing with being progressive when it comes to homebrewing. The Lawrence Journal-World writes that Kansas is currently considering a bill that would make it legal for homebrewers to share their creations at homebrewing clubs and competitions.

Representatives of homebrewers associations, wineries and wholesalers all testified last week before the House Standing Committee on Federal and State Affairs in support of a bill that would ease restrictions that currently ban homebrewers from taking what they make outside their own residence. Arlen Siegfreid (R-Olathe), the chairman of the committee, made it clear that the bill's language would need to be changed in order for it to advance out of committee. He explained to the Journal-World that while he has no problem with homebrew clubs sharing beer, the bill as it is written could potentially allow for homebrew to be commercially sold. Kansans have been treated to a liquor boom in the past year with the return of happy hour and a burgeoning microdistillery culture.

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