Governor Dayton Signs Homebrewing Law!

Governor Mark Dayton signed SF2336 today that legalized the removal of homebrew from the maker’s premises for use at tastings, competitions, club events, etc.  The full text of the new law is shown below..

SF2336 Signed today May 13, 2014
Governor Dayton signed SF2336 today, legalizing homebrewers ability to share their beer.

Boreal Brewers members Steve Benson, Mike Twite and Chad Haatvedt worked tirelessly on this issue all spring, and with the support of their local legislators, and many homebrewers across this great State of Minnesota, the bill became law today.  The bill was written to become effective the day following final enactment, so it’s effective Wednesday, May 14th.

We want to specifically acknowledge the support and guidance of Representative Tom Anzelc (05B, DFL) and Senator Tom Saxhaug (05, DFL).  They made this legislation happen.

There were interesting twists and turns to be negotiated, and they used their experience and skill to get the two bills through the session with “Ayes” predominating.  The vote was 120-10 in the House and 49-15 in the Senate.

We could not have done it without them.  All homebrewers in Minnesota are in their debt, for passing a law clarifying that homebrewed beer and wine may now be removed from the home and shared at organized events.  And thank you to all the homebrewers who contacted their legislators.  Your support was invaluable!

Text of Home brew Law as amended…  (new wording underlined)

Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 340A.301, subdivision 9, is amended to read:
Subd. 9. Unlicensed manufacture. (a) Nothing in this chapter requires a license for the natural fermentation of fruit juices or brewing of beer in the home for family use. (b) Naturally fermented fruit juices or beer made under this subdivision may be  removed from the premises where made for use at organized affairs, exhibitions, or competitions, including, but not limited to, homemaker’s contests, tastings, or judging. (c) For purposes of this subdivision, “tastings” means an event where the general public may sample unlicensed naturally fermented fruit juices or beer. (d) Beverages produced pursuant to this subdivision may be sampled or used in tastings provided that the beverage is made and transported in containers and equipment that shall not allow the migration of toxic substances. (e) Public notice meeting the requirements of this paragraph must be given in writing or signage at any tasting. The notice shall include disclosure that the unlicensed naturally fermented fruit juices or beer being offered is homemade and not subject to state inspection, and may be consumed by persons over the age of 21 at their own risk. The notice must include the name and address of the person who processed and bottled the beverage. (f) Naturally fermented fruit juices or beer removed under this subdivision may not be sold or offered for sale. EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

See the entire bill here…

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