Homebrew Competition Bill in California Senate

Amended twice in the Senate following Assembly passage, Assembly Bill 2609 would permit the removal and use of home brewed beer or homemade wine in connection with a bona fide competition or judging or a bona fide exhibition or tasting. This The bill would also allow nonprofit organizations that either promote home brewing or home winemaking, or that are primarily composed of home brewers or home winemakers, to sell beer or wine to serve beer at fundraising events subject to specified conditions, including requiring an educational component to the event and limiting the nonprofit organization to 2 of these types of events that sell wine or serve beer pursuant to this authorization per year.

Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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