Last year we got the ability to brew the federal limit (100 gal per person of legal drinking age up to 200 gallons per household) as well as the ability for home brew competitions to exist in Georgia.
What wasn’t in last year’s bill was the ability to transport home brew from the house where it’s made for consumption anywhere but a brew competition. Some of you may be thinking “well that’s not a bad deal” except that I can’t legally take my home brew to family functions like Thanksgiving or Christmas. Some people like to make sides, well I like to make beer. And I’m just as proud about my beer as grandma is about her acorn squash. (#truestory)
That may change this year with HB 737 proposed by Rep. Brett Harrell (R-Snellville). This would allow home brewers to transport up to 128 ounces as long as it follows certain labeling restrictions. This isn’t bad bill, it is a step in the right direction. But 128 ounces? I know that comes out to two growlers, but I don’t have my draft system up and running yet, I still bottle my beer and that isn’t even a 12 pack.
My rant being concluded, it is still a step in the right direction. Some people are very proud of the food they make and like to share it with others to enjoy. Home brewers are the same about their beer. At least, if this passes, I’ll be able to share with a few people. Not many, but a few.