I received the following email from Pat Book, who is organizing the homebrew portion of Heritage Festival:
On Friday (06/08) we received a call from the Excise Commissioner regarding the availability of home brewed beer at the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival. They had received a question as to the legality of home brewer beers at the Heritage Festival. I met with the Excise Commissioner this morning to review the legal status. We discussed the fact that home brewers beers have been available for patrons to sample at the Heritage Festival as well as other areas festivals in the past. While everyone acknowledges the value to our brewing community of having the home brewed beers available the fact is that we have concluded it is illegal for us to serve these beers at the Festival. Patrons purchase a ticket to the Festival and this includes samples of the beers from the commercial brewers and from home brewers. As the retailer, we cannot resell beer that has been provided to the Festival by a non-licensed brewer. I recognize that this notice is very late.
The plan is to still offer a Festival session ticket to all home brewers that have brewed a 5-gallon batch for the Festival. We would still like to have a demonstration on the site if possible and Pat will speak to the respective clubs about that possibility. In addition, we are going to work with the St. Louis Brewers Guild member brewers to schedule a private event at one of the member commercial breweries at which we can gather and sample your beers planned for the Festival this weekend. I hope to have more information on this event soon but plan to invite your club members and enjoy the day with us.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Co-Founder, Schlafly Beer
We appreciate all the work Dan Kopman has put in trying to allow us to participate in this festival. But unfortunately, this means that we will not be able to serve homebrew at the Heritage Festival this year. I will be sending out email to all Heritage Festival volunteers and beer donators with this information. It looks like if you made beer for the festival or volunteered to pour, you will still get your tickets to attend the festival. Kally is submitting that list tonight.
This really sucks, not only for this festival, but for other festivals we may wish to participate in. Hopefully, they get this straightened out soon.
President, St. Louis, Brews
On Tap: IPA
Lagering: Kolsch, Dusseldorf Alt
Fermenting: APA, Belgian Blonde
Waiting on approval to serve at Heritage Festival: IPA, Kolsch, Dusseldorf Alt