Friday, April 20, 2012

Moving Forward

We wanted to take a moment to follow up on on a recent experience and what it means for the future of Low Dive Brewing.

On the morning of Friday, April 13th we were contacted by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).  As you may know, we were scheduled to sample our beer at OhNo!Doom that same evening to help celebrate the opening of their current show.  The TTB informed us that we would be unable to do so, however, because as home brewers we are restricted from making our beers available for public consumption.

What we learned that day took us by surprise, as we have always been under the impression that we could share the fruits of our labor and were simply prohibited from selling our beers.  The growing popularity of home brewing and the emergence of nano-breweries are factors that have apparently lead to increased visibility and legal grey areas around sharing hand-crafted beers.  Through this experience we have gained valuable insight into the evolving regulatory environment and have identified a couple of key resources that can help us navigate these waters.

We just want to say that regardless of what occurred last Friday, Low Dive remains focused and positive and we'll continue moving forward working with the community and opening our brewery in 2013.  There will simply be a change in our approach as we are now prohibited from providing our beer for public consumption.  However, trust that Low Dive will continue to consult our new found resources to explore opportunities to share our beers with our friends and supporters whenever possible.

Sadly, we will be forced to detach ourselves from the Screens 'n' Suds benefit show Friday, April 27 for fear that it may compromise our position when we begin applying for our licenses.

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