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PJ Hoberman • Denver, Colorado asks,

I’ve been homebrewing for a few years now, and the beer tends to turn out wonderfully. And not like, “I’m proud of my beer and I think it’s great” wonderful, more that my friends would rather buy my beer than go to the liquor store for a 6-pack of whatever. So I have a few questions for you. What are the federal regulations for selling alcohol (direct to consumer, or to a bar, not through a liquor store)? Where is a good resource for state and local rules (I’m in Denver, Colorado)? What else should I know before letting my homebrew pay for itself? 



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