Kansas lawmakers look at helping home beer brewers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas House is considering legislation to lessen restrictions on people who brew beer, wine and cider at home so that they can legally enter competitions.

House members gave the bill first-round approval Friday on a voice vote, setting up a final vote Monday.

Kansas law permits home brewing if the product is consumed only by the brewer or the brewer’s family. Otherwise, a brewer must obtain a manufacturer’s license that can cost up to $5,000, plus a distributor’s license that can cost another $2,000.

The bill would allow home brewers to provide their products to judges and guests at a competition, provided that the brewer isn’t paid.

State Rep. and Palco Republican Travis Couture-Lovelady said the bill would encourage the development of craft breweries in Kansas.

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