SB444 was signed into law on Monday, March 28th at approximately 3:45 PM. Once again it is legal to transport homebrew and have contests. Many thanks to everyone that worked so hard on getting it passed. In the picture to the left you can see (from left to right)Senator Floyd Prozanski, Chris Hummert (from the OHBA and Oregon Brew Crew), Governor John Kitzhaber, Denny Conn (OHBA and Cascade Brewers Society), Greg Bolt (OHBA and Cascade Brewers Society) and Ted Hausotter (OHBA and Good Libations brew club).
The day got started off by having the members of the OHBA meet up at Senator Prozanski’s office. There we got word that the signing ceremony was still on, but we didn’t know if we were going to be able to drink with the Governor after. We made our way down to the ceremonial office and waited for the governor to arrive. In the office you could see that the bill was on the desk already and it was just waiting to be signed
After a few minutes the governor arrived and told us that he was looking forward to signing this bill all day long. He introduced himself to all of us and was quite friendly. He then asked us how the group got started and we gave him the story about how we teamed up with Senator Prozanski and worked with the homebrewing clubs throughout the state to come up with a law that addressed all the issues we were faced with. After he said “well let’s fix this thing” and he signed the bill into law.
He signed the bill with 4 pens and each one was given to the members of the OHBA. The governor didn’t have time to have a beer with us after, but we all went back up to Senator Prozanski’s office and popped open a couple of celebratory homebrews.
Once again thanks goes out to everyone that works so hard on getting this law changed. In review SB 444 allows the following:
● Eliminates the restrictions on the transportation of homebrew
● Eliminates the restrictions on where homebrew can be consumed
● Eliminates the restrictions on where homebrew can be made
● Allow clubs to charge dues
● Allow entry fees and prizes at competitions
● Allow homebrew to be served at club meetings held at pubs or other licensed premises
● Allow homebrew club members to participate in small-scale professional brewing at pubs
● Allow people who teach homebrewing classes to be paid.