As of today, it’s officially legal to homebrew in all 50 of the United States. Mississippi’s governor signed legislation legalizing brewing at home back in March, and the law went into effect today. Alabama was the other holdout for legalization this year until its governor signed legislation in May, which took effect immediately.
Many homebrewers say they’d brew whether it were legal or not. Regardless, legalization is important. Legalization is important because homebrew shops don’t have to worry about getting raided, with their equipment — and even books — confiscated. Brewers can brew out in the open without concern that their neighbors will report them to the police. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, legal recognition is another step in helping our communities understand that homebrewing is not equivalent to making meth or bathtub gin.
Cheers to all of the people who have worked so tirelessly over the past few years to make our favorite hobby legal across the country and to modify laws in states where brewing was legal, but restricted. Fire up those kettles and celebrate Independence Day and brewing freedom!