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April 2012 Bosmopolitan

April 18, 2012

Ohio Homebrew Bill Letter Writing Campaign

We are beginning a letter writing campaign to our representatives to get homebrew bill pass in Ohio and protect our rights as homebrewers. As many of you are aware, the Ohio Department of Liquor Control is beginning to take a much more restrictive stance on what homebrewers may do. Part of the reason this is happening is that currently the Ohio Revised code has no laws that define what homebrewing is. Much of what we are permitted to do is subject to discretion of the Superintendent of Ohio Liquor Control. This means that every time a new superintendent is appointed, new interpretations as to how Ohio Liquor law applies to homebrewing can change. This simply doesn’t work.

We are going to change this, so we can enjoy the same rights as homebrewers in other states. The Ohio Department of Liquor control cannot introduce any new measures to help us. Only a member of the Ohio State Legislature’s House of Representatives can sponsor/co-sponsor a bill to protect homebrewing. We are continuing to work with Rep. Denise Driehaus, as well as others to get the next draft of a homebrewing bill completed. But we need this effort to be a bipartisan effort, and we need to work to build support with all the other representatives as well.

I ask you to send the representative of the district you live in a copy of the above letter, signed, dated and with your address.This letter has been put together by AHA Director Gary Glass, with a couple of additions by me. If you want to use it as a template or write your own, this is fine too. Just remember to be constructive in whatever you right. Don’t make personal attacks, argue the merits of a homebrewing exemption in the State of Ohio. If you need to find out who your representative is, you can do so here.

Also attached are some talking points from the AHA which Gary has suggested we use educate others about why we need a homebrewing exemption in the State of Ohio. Some of this does not apply to us since the act of homebrewing itself IS legal in the State of Ohio. But many of these points can help support the argument for the homebrewing exemption as well. One additional point to stress is WE ARE NOT MANUFACTURERS. We are hobbyists with a passion for making our own great beer. Let me know if you have any questions.



Talking Points on Legalizing Homebrewing

Form Letter to Representative

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