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Homebrew: Frequently Asked Questions
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Senate Bill (SB) 444 was passed by the 2011 Oregon Legislature and became effective March 28, 2011.
 
SB 444 allows homemade beer, wine, and “fermented fruit juice” (i.e. cider) to be made without an OLCC license, and changes where and how homemade beer, wine, and cider may be made and consumed.
 
The following FAQ’s address the changes.  
 
 
 
 

What beverages qualify as homemade?
 
Beer, wine, or cider must be made for noncommercial purposes. “Noncommercial” means not dependent or conditioned on financial consideration. 
 

What is the meaning of "financial consideration?"
 
This term means value that is given or received directly or indirectly through sales, barter, trade, fees, charges, contributions or donations.
 
However, financial consideration does not include: an event charge or club dues that are independent of the amount of alcoholic beverages provided; a prize at an organized contest, judging or competition; or homemade alcoholic beverages or ingredients provided by others. 
 

Where can a person make homemade beer, wine, and cider?
 
At an unlicensed location (such as the maker’s home or a friend’s home)  Up to a total of 100 gallons per year may be made per household with one person age 21 or older; up to a total of 200 gallons per household with two or more persons age 21 or older.
 

Can one person help another person make homemade beer, wine, and cider?
 
Yes, as long as the person assisting doesn’t receive financial consideration as defined in question #2 above.
 
 

Where can homemade beer, wine and cider be consumed?
 
At any unlicensed location as long as other laws allow consumption in that location and there is no financial consideration as defined in #2 above. The alcohol may not be furnished to minors or VIPs.
 
Homemade beer, wine or cider may also be consumed on a licensed premises as provided in #7 below. 
 
 

May an UNLICENSED location hold an event such as a judging, tasting...?
 
May an unlicensed location hold an event such as a judging, tasting, exhibition, contest or competition that involves homemade beer, wine, and cider?
 
  • Yes, but there can be no financial consideration as defined in question #2 above.
  • Alcohol cannot be provided to minors or visibly intoxicated persons.
  • Servers don’t need a service permit.


May a LICENSED premises hold an event such as a judging, tasting...?
 
May a licensed premises hold an event such as a judging, tasting, exhibition, contest, competition that involves homemade beer, wine, and cider beer?
 
  • Yes, but consumption may not be dependent on financial consideration as defined in question #2 above. 
  • At a licensed premises, the same laws and rules apply to homemade beer, wine, and cider as other alcoholic beverages.  For example, servers must hold valid service permits and employees may not consume homemade alcoholic beverages while on duty.  
 

Is there a limit on the amount of alcohol that can be served...?
 
Is there a limit on the amount of alcohol that can be served (such as a pour size limit) whether at an unlicensed location or at a licensed premises? 
 
  • No; however, the prohibition on providing alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person applies.
 
 

Who can I contact for more information?

  
Kelly Routt 
503-872-5007
Toll free: 800-452-6522, ext. 5007
kelly.routt@state.or.us