Work continues on an amendment. We have had good discussions with the MN Dept of Health on language, and expect to post the final revised amendment shortly. The main points are that homebrewed beer and wine presented in tastings may not be produced in equipment that allows toxic substances to enter the liquid, e.g., lead or zinc, and that the brewer needs signage that indicates the beverage has not been licensed or inspected, who the brewer is and that people over 21 may consume at their own risk.
The 2014 all-club campout is set for August 1-3, at camp Nushka on the shore of Cass Lake. Updates will be coming. The MN Homebrewers Association is setting this up. Info on the campout is here.
HF 2999 was not heard in the House Commerce Committee. That action kept the homebrew bill from being included in the House Omnibus Liquor bill. HF 2999 was not heard due to questions and concerns raised about perceived health risks to the public by consuming homebrew. Language is now being developed that addresses those concerns. It is still possible to amend the House Omnibus Liquor bill with this new language. We will continue to post what information we can as this effort moves along.
WDIO TV reporter Laurie Stribling interviewed Larry Johnson and Steve Benson, members of the Boreal Brewers Homebrew Club to learn a little about the brewing process. They also talked about proposed changes to Minnesota Statutes that would allow home brewers to share their craft with the public.
Read the story here, and watch it below…