Today marks the first time since before prohibition that homebrewing is legal in all 50 states. Hey Mississippi, way to come around!
The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) is proud to announce that due to the concerted efforts of homebrewing groups and dedicated politicians around the country, every state now has legislation in place that allows for people to practice homebrewing.
Earlier this year, Alabama and Mississippi passed homebrewing bills—the last two states in the U.S. to do so. Alabama’s took effect when the governor signed it into law on May 9, and the Mississippi bill goes into effect today.
Here is the official release from AHA
Homebrewing Takes Up Residence in All 50 States
Today, homebrewers can legally brew in every state in the country, as recently passed homebrewing legislation takes effect in Mississippi, according to the American Homebrewers Association (AHA).
Homebrewing was federally legalized in 1978 for the first time since Prohibition made it illegal in 1919. However, regulation of alcohol is predominantly left to the states. In 2013, Mississippi and Alabama—the last two states remaining with laws against homebrewing—passed legislation to permit beer brewing at home. Alabama’s law went into effect immediately after the Governor signed the bill on May 9.
“Homebrewers are deeply dedicated to their craft and the AHA is thrilled that homebrewers in all 50 states can now legally take part in that passion,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association.
While homebrewing is now legal in all states, existing statutes in some states prevent homebrewers from removing homebrewed beer from their houses, effectively restricting interactions with the rest of their local homebrew community, including club meetings, festivals and competitions.
“Sharing and community interaction are key ingredient of homebrewing,” added Glass. “We will continue to work to protect and advance the rights of homebrewers to share their unique creations.”
The hobby of homebrewing in the U.S. has seen exponential growth in recent years. With more than 38,000 members, the AHA estimates that more than one million Americans brew beer or make wine at home at least once a year.
Cheers to 'Merica!