Currently in the Washington State House of Representative, Bill 5060 is being reviewed by the House Committee on Commerce and Labor. It has already passed the State Senate unanimously. The bill will allow for the transport of up to 20 gallons at a time of home-made beer and wine out of the maker’s home for the purpose of private consumption or to be used by non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations.
Currently, the law only allows 1 gallon to be taken out of the home and then only for entry into judged competitions (the remaining, untasted beer must be returned to the home). This means that home-brewers cannot legally share their creations outside of their own home. Hopefully this bill will be passed soon in the house and go into effect to encourage home-brewing and in turn the growth of the brewing industry in our region.
If you’re a Washington State Resident, contact your legislators to show your support for Bill 5060.