Kansas House approves bill that would allow home brewers to share their beer, wine, cider with friends and have beverages judged in competitions

TOPEKA, Kansas , February 10, 2014 () – Home brewers in Kansas would be allowed 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 competitions, provided the brewer isn't paid. The measure is being pushed by brewing clubs.

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