California Home Brewing Laws

California-homebrewing-laws

California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: (916) 419-2500

California Board of Equalization
450 N Street
Sacramento, CA 94279-0073
Phone: 916/445-6464

 

 Activity Is it Legal?
HomeBrewing Yes
Transporting HomeBrew Yes
ABV Cap 60%
Production Per Year 100-200 gallons

**Production per year is generally governed by the United States government at 100 gallons per adult per year, or up to 200 gallons per year if their are 2 adults of drinking age living in the residence.

 

Relevant Statues


Cal. Business and Professions Code §23356.2
(a) No license or permit shall be required for the manufacture of beer for personal or family use, and not for sale, by a person over 21 years of age. The aggregate amount of beer with respect to any household shall not exceed (1) 200 gallons per calendar year if there are two or more adults in the household or (2) 100 gallons per calendar year if there is only one adult in the household.

(b) No license or permit shall be required for the manufacture of wine for personal or family use, and not for sale, by a person over 21 years of age. The aggregate amount of wine with respect to any household shall not exceed (1) 200 gallons per calendar year if there are two or more adults in the household or (2) 100 gallons per calendar year if there is only one adult in the household.

(c) Any beer manufactured pursuant to this section may be removed from the premises where manufactured for use in competition at organized affairs, exhibitions, or competitions, including homemakers’ contests, tastings, or judgings.

(d) Any wine made pursuant to this section may be removed from the premises where made for personal or family use, including use at organized affairs, exhibitions, or competitions, such as homemakers’ contests, tastings, or judgings. Wine used under this section shall not be sold or offered for sale.

(e) Except as provided herein, nothing in this section authorizes any activity in violation of §§23300, 23355, or 23399.1.

**While I strive to provide the most up to date and accurate information possible, the relevant statues I list here shouldn’t be considered a substitute for professional legal advice.

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