House passes legislation for home brewers |

House passes legislation for home brewers

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Home-brewers still won’t need a license according to legislation the state House of Representatives passed Wednesday, as long as they don’t make too much.

"This allows us to join the 45 other states that allow home-brewing," said Rep. Christine Johnson, the Salt Lake City Democrat who sponsored the House Bill 51.

The legislation would allow someone at least 21 years old to brew up to 100 gallons of beer per year at their home without an alcoholic beverage manufacturing license, said Johnson, who represents the Snyderville Basin.

"There are no known pathogens that can survive in home-brewed beer," Johnson told her House colleagues Wednesday.

Meanwhile, making a batch of beer can take between three weeks and three years, she explained.

"So there are a lot more readily available forms of alcohol," Johnson stressed.

Johnson apologized to House members, many of whom are Mormon and abstain from alcohol, that she didn’t "have samples available for members of the body who have requested them."

"This is a dry building," Johnson joked on the House floor.

But House Speaker Dave Clark humorously took issue with her use of the word "dry."

"I hope you’re referring to the alcohol content and not the discussion," Clark quipped.

The Senate is now debating House Bill 51 after House members voted 66-7 to pass the legislation.

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