Posted by Scott Malensek on 14 October, 2008 at 10:57 am. 5 comments already!


From the Association of Brewers:
On October 14, 1978, President Carter signed House Resolution 1337. Senate Amendment 3534 to that resolution called for equal treatment of home beer brewers and home winemakers. This law allowed for brewing up to 100 gallons per adult or up to 200 gallons per household per year. The amendment was proposed by Senator Cranston of California, Senator Schmitt of New Mexico, Senator Bumpers of Arkansas and Senator Gravel of Alaska.

From the repeal of the Volstead Act in 1993 (and of course earlier during Prohibition) until 14 October 1978, it was illegal to produce beer at home, although legal to do so for wine. A stenographer’s unintended omission on the 1933 bill produced this insalubrious result.

For nearly 44 years, no congressman would find it politically expedient to demand the right to homebrew for his or her constituents… until January 1977 when courageous House Republican from New York Barber Conable would introduce bill HR 2028. This would eventually become HR 1337/SR 3534 in 1978 and be signed by President Carter.

Thank you Mr. President
ht History Channel


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