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CO-SPEAKERS OF THE OREGON HOUSE TOAST
APPROVAL OF HOME BREW BILL
SALEM— Home brew competitions at the Oregon State Fair and local county fairs across the
state will be back this summer following passage of SB 444, according to Oregon House CoSpeakers Arnie Roblan and Bruce Hanna.
The bill changes a prohibition-era law that was recently reinterpreted by the Oregon Liquor
Control Commission that caused the Oregon State Fair to cancel home beer and wine events,
including the 23
annual Amateur Beer Competition, last year.
The Department of Justice opinion said that while Oregonians could brew beer and craft wine at
home, they couldn’t share it beyond that. SB 444 also clarifies that those who brew craft beer or
wine at home can share it with friends and neighbors.
"This bill is a great example of legislators coming together to fix an unintended consequence of
state liquor law. Local events should be able to feature local home brewers and this bill puts us
back on the right track." Co-Speaker Hanna said.
State Rep. Mike Schaufler (D-Happy Valley), Co-Chair of the House Committee on Business
and Labor, thanked Senator Floyd Prozanski for his work on the issue.
“This bill stops in its tracks a misguided legal opinion that shut down competitions at fairs all
over Oregon,” Rep. Schaufler said. “This legislation ensures that home brewers can share their
products and that the growing craft beer industry gets a boost. The return of these competitions at
local county fairs is welcome news for home brewers and their fans.”
Roblan said the bill made clear that a prohibition-era law used to shut down the competitions last
year was not necessary in today’s regulatory environment:“Oregonians can welcome the return of local home brew contests at the Oregon State Fair and in
their local communities,”
Co-Speaker Roblan said. “Craft brewers can now share their products
with friends and be assured that they will not run afoul of Oregon law. This prohibition-era law
should not have stopped these local competitions and we have fixed it.
|A former member||
You mean I can share my home made wine with friends now!