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Fight brewing over homebrew proposal

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A fight is brewing in the Legislature over a proposal that seeks to make clear that home brewers don’t necessarily have to brew and serve their beer at home.

But opponents to the measure argued at a hearing before a state Assembly committee Wednesday that the bill would give home brewers too much freedom to bypass local ordinances when sharing brews.

State law doesn’t allow homebrewed beer and wine to be taken outside of the home, which makes homemade brewing tasting events illegal.

The bill would make clear that home brewers could take what they make outside of their home. They would still be prohibited from selling what they make.

Supporters say they just want to continue brewing and sharing as they have for years.