House approves bill to help home beer brewers

2/10/2014

TOPEKA (AP) — Home brewers in Kansas would be able to share their beer, wine and cider with friends and have the beverages judged in competitions under a bill approved by the state House.

TOPEKA (AP) — Home brewers in Kansas would be able to share their beer, wine and cider with friends and have the beverages judged in competitions under a bill approved by the state House.

House members approved the measure Monday on a 111-7 vote, sending the measure to the Senate. The bill eases restrictions on home brewing.

Kansas law permits home brewing if the beer, wine or cider is made only for the brewer or the brewer's family. That means the product can't be shared unless the brewer obtains state licenses for manufacturing or distributing alcoholic beverages.

The bill would permit home brewers to provide their products to guests or to judges at contests, provided the brewer isn't paid.

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