01 July 2013

CHEERS! Brewing at Home Now Legal in All 50 States!

Homebrewing Takes Up Residence in All 50 States


Today, homebrewers can legally brew in every state in the country, as recently passed homebrewing legislation takes effect in Mississippi, according to the American Homebrewers Association (AHA).
Homebrewing was federally legalized in 1978 for the first time since Prohibition made it illegal in 1919. However, regulation of alcohol is predominantly left to the states. In 2013, Mississippi and Alabama—the last two states remaining with laws against homebrewing—passed legislation to permit beer brewing at home. Alabama’s law went into effect immediately after the Governor signed the bill on May 9.
“Homebrewers are deeply dedicated to their craft and the AHA is thrilled that homebrewers in all 50 states can now legally take part in that passion,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association.
While homebrewing is now legal in all states, existing statutes in some states prevent homebrewers from removing homebrewed beer from their houses, effectively restricting interactions with the rest of their local homebrew community, including club meetings, festivals and competitions.
“Sharing and community interaction are key ingredient of homebrewing,” added Glass. “We will continue to work to protect and advance the rights of homebrewers to share their unique creations.”
The hobby of homebrewing in the U.S. has seen exponential growth in recent years. With more than 38,000 members, the AHA estimates that more than one million Americans brew beer or make wine at home at least once a year.
For a complete list of federal and state homebrewing laws, please visit the AHA website.
- See more at: http://beverageworld.com/articles/full/15762/homebrewing-takes-up-residence-in-all-50-states#sthash.CVqJa2te.dpuf

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Barbados Rum Punch Recipe

Rum Punch


One of sour - One part pure lime juice (1/4 cup)
Two of sweet - Two parts sugar (1/2 cup)
Three of strong - Three parts Barbados rum (3/4 cup)
and Four of weak - Four parts water (1 cup)


Dissolve sugar in water, add rum and lime juice. Blend well. Chill and serve with bitters or nutmeg. Makes 4 servings.

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24 March 2013

Take Your Potting Bench and Make it a Rum Bar

When the weather is rough and the seas too high for sailing kick back and enjoy a rum at your very cheap outdoor bar..made from a potting bench.

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Cheap Furniture for Landlocked Pirates

Looking for some cheap home made furniture for your poop deck? How about making it out of pallets. Pallets are give aways at many places and often made from oak and other hard woods. Some paint a few screws and cushions then it's all aboard for a mid summer afternoon nap................

After a glass of rum that is

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Where Are The Shops Like This in The East

It's March 23rd March Madness is on the tube and it's a whopping 35* with a 20 MPH wind blowing outside. Very hard to get excited about BBQ when it should be 50*..

Then you see pictures like these. All the great smokers parked inside The KC BBQ Store. Bulk bins of hard woods for smoking make this place great.

Then there is that hot sauce mecca in Rehoboth beach DE  peppers.com

                                                                                                  They literally have 3500 hot sauces in stock. Oh to wish for something like this in Upstate NY. Not just in Summer but any time of the year.