Frequently Asked Questions

What is the LAGERS mailing address?

P.O. Box 5384
Louisville, KY 40255


Is home brewing and brewing beer legal in Kentucky?

Kentucky has no law governing the production of beer which is not intended for sale. Consequently brewing for yourself and to share with friends is not illegal, and is thus legal, without the need for a law making it legal. Similarly, there is no provision to tax home brew not intended for sale so it is not taxable in Kentucky.

Federal law applies to all of states, whether or not states have separate laws governing home brewing. There is no federal prohibition against home brewing but there are laws related to taxing beer. Home brew is expressly exempt from taxation so long as no more than 200 gallons per year are brewed in any household of 2 or more adults (18 yrs +) and is not offered for sale. See below.
26 USC 5043(e) Beer for personal or family use

Subject to regulation prescribed by the Secretary, any adult may, without payment of tax, produce beer for personal or family use and not for sale. The aggregate amount of beer exempt from tax under this subsection with respect to any household shall not exceed –

(1) 200 gallons per calendar year if there are 2 or more adults in such household, or

(2) 100 gallons per calendar year if there is only 1 adult in such household. For purposes of this subsection, the term “adult” means an individual who has attained 18 years of age, or the minimum age (if any) established by law applicable in the locality in which the household is situated at which beer may be sold to individuals, whichever is greater.

Letter from the Kentucky Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control

So YES you can brew at home within the above guidelines.


What is the history of Brewing in Kentucky?

KY state beer heritage
KY state beer heritage

We brew it, we drink it, we talk about it.