A bill making its way through the Legislature would repeal the licensing requirement for small-time home brewers. It currently costs hundreds of dollars in license and application fees to legally homebrew beer, although few people pay those fees like they're supposed to.Hundreds of dollars? That is nuts. Here is the bill as amended today. Nice open government style of amendment presentation which shows the text as changed with the old text still also shown. Good to see that there is a 200 gallon maximum - a reasonable amount of home brew if you think about it. Some jurisdictions allow only fifty which is a little nuts. But...good to see we can't mix friendship and home brew as it can only be used for "personal or family use and consumption; or an organized event where fermented alcoholic beverages are judged as to taste and quality." We can't just have people doing what they want, you know.
Still, Maryland bit by bit is passing Utah as the going with the introduction of their new home brewing thought police license.