Oregon Senate votes in favor of home brewers


The Oregon Senate voted to fix a law that prohibited home brewers and amateur winemakers from sharing their creations and competing in contests.

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The Oregon Senate voted to fix a law that prohibited home brewers and amateur winemakers from sharing their creations and competing in contests.

The new interpretation of an old law even forced the Oregon State Fair to cancel its homemade beer and wine competition this past year.

Tuesday, the Oregon Senate unanimously endorsed Senate Bill 444, which would rewrite state law to allow homemade beer and wine to be made, transported and consumed. It would clear the way for contests to resume in time for summer and fall judging.

The bill was carried on the floor by Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, who has been brewing his own beer since 1987.

“I was shocked,” Prozanski said about last year’s legal ruling. “My brew partner was extremely concerned because we brew at my house. Under current law, he would be subject to prosecution for transporting his portion home.”

The bill still must make it through the House.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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