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Wisconsin Legislature passes homebrew bill

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MADISON (AP) -

A bill that would make crucial changes to Wisconsin's homebrew law has passed the Legislature.

The bill now moves to Gov. Scott Walker's desk. It would allow home brewers to make and share beer or wine outside their home.

Current state law prohibits home brewers from transporting any beer or wine they make. It technically makes tasting events and competitions illegal.

Several amendments were added to the original bill, including clarification that a state municipality can regulate a tasting event or competition. The change satisfies critics who say the original version ignored state regulations on alcohol distribution.

Homebrew groups say the current law is archaic, and hurts their beloved hobby of sharing.

The Republican-led Legislature is scheduled to adjourn Thursday.

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