Earlier today I told you of a homebrew measure being taken up by a committee at the state Capitol. Thanks to Capitol Bureau reporter Michael McNutt, I can report that House Bill 2348 passed the committee by a 12-1 vote and is now scheduled to go to the full House for consideration.
What HB2348 would do would be to legalize homebrewing in Oklahoma. Apparently, making wine or cider at home in Oklahoma has been legal, but brewing beer at home is not. The offense of brewing beer at home is punishable by a fine, but according to experts, it is generally not enforced by the state’s alcoholic beverage regulators. After all, how could they find offenders? Secret beer police? Anyway, HB2348 would make it legal to homebrew up to 200 gallons of beer a year for personal use.
McNutt will have more information and reaction on this issue in Thursday’s edition of The Oklahoman, and I’ll post his story here as well as soon as I can.