The bill 5060, which allows for the transport of up to 20 gallons of home-made beer and wine for the purpose of private consumption, was passed unanimously in the Washington State Senate on April 18, 2009. The law will go into effect later this month on July 26, 2009.
There were a couple changes made to the bill as it went through the Legislature. One key element is that the “family beer or wine” is not allowed to be transported for sale. The clause allowing home-brew to be used for non-profit organizations has also been removed.
Here is the bill as it was passed by the Senate and signed by the Governor:
|Sec. 2. RCW 66.28.140 and 1994 c 201 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:|
|(1)||An adult member of a household may remove family beer or wine from the home subject to the following conditions:|
|(a)||The quantity removed by a producer is limited to a quantity not exceeding twenty gallons;|
|(b)||Family beer or wine is not removed for sale; and|
|(c)||Family beer or wine is removed from the home for private use, including use at organized affairs, exhibitions, or competitions such as homemaker’s contests, tastings, or judging.|
|(2)||As used in this section, “family beer or wine” means beer or wine manufactured in the home for private consumption, and not for sale.|