Quantcast

BREW Fest still on despite legal hurdles - KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports

BREW Fest still on despite legal hurdles

Posted: Updated:
SHREVEPORT, La. -

A perennial BREW participant, Gary Bruns is bringing ten gallons of his homemade beer to the festival Saturday, and he's not alone.

"There are people that recognize you from last year," Bruns says "It's like a reunion. I don't know everyone of them, but there's some kind of beer bonding that must go on."

Bruns is one of fifty homebrewers included in this year's sell-out event. In total, organizers say there are 180 beers available for tasting this weekend.

Organizers from Downtown Shreveport Unlimited and Red River Revel say they've had to work hard and fast to make sure this year's event even happened. They received word from the Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission just over a month ago informing them of some issues with the law.

"If it's not specifically allowed and says you can do it then the assumption's it's illegal," Commissioner Troy Hebert says of current alcohol-related legislation. "It's totally opposite of what all other laws usually say. [In other areas] if it's not prohibited by law you can do it. Well, the opposite takes effect when it comes to alcohol."

Rumors spread around the homebrew community about potential changes to the event and whether homebrewers could get citations for participating. The worst outcome: BREW wouldn't happen at all.

Organizer Melanie Bacon said she was determined to keep the tradition alive.

"With the homebrewers, we ended up having to apply for the homebrewers to serve," Bacon says of the special licenses they received after ATC contacted them.

BREW heads say the event will also pay for the big-name beers from Glazer's Distributors and Eagle Distributing instead of accepting the samples as donations like they had in previous years. Since BREW acts as a fundraiser for Downtown Shreveport Unlimited and the Revel, the change will affect this year's totals.

By many accounts, homebrewing is a hobby on the rise.

The American Homebrewers Association estimated in 2012 more than a million Americans brewed their own beer.

Appointed to his position in 2010, Hebert acknowledges that the ATC is following the trend but denies a "crack down" on homebrewers.

"The ATC is continuing to try and make sure that the people that sell and consume alcohol are doing it responsibly," Hebert says. "Whether or not in the past those laws were enforced or not, that's was the previous commissioner."

Despite the legal hurdles, samples will be served this Saturday, and Bacon says Brew will be back next year likely with the help of some new legislation.

"We have all the permits," Bacon says. "We know exactly how much we need to pour. We are completely okay with the state. [If] we have to make adjustments to Brew, we have a year to do it, but we will definitely be back next year."

  • News NowMore>>

  • It's Official, Walker Place Park Gets Another Million

    It's Official, Walker Place Park Gets Another Million

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:04:57 GMT
    A unanimous vote today by the Bossier City Council will bring some changes to Walker Place park which is located by the Century Link Center. The vote means an extra 1.8 million dollars is approved for it, which translates to a very nice state of the art park.Cooperatively building the park with U.L. Coleman companies was one of the provisions of a lawsuit settlement between the development firm and the city. The park will cost a total of 2.8 million dollars
    A unanimous vote today by the Bossier City Council will bring some changes to Walker Place park which is located by the Century Link Center. The vote means an extra 1.8 million dollars is approved for it, which translates to a very nice state of the art park.Cooperatively building the park with U.L. Coleman companies was one of the provisions of a lawsuit settlement between the development firm and the city. The park will cost a total of 2.8 million dollars
  • Recruiting news, Arkansas and LSU reach out of state; more on A&M

    Recruiting news, Arkansas and LSU reach out of state; more on A&M

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:45:46 GMT
    In our weekly visit with KTBS 3 Sports recruiting expert Barton Simmons, the Director of Scouting for 247 Sports, we have discussed several significant in-state prospects for Arkansas in recent weeks.
    In our weekly visit with KTBS 3 Sports recruiting expert Barton Simmons, the Director of Scouting for 247 Sports, we have discussed several significant in-state prospects for Arkansas in recent weeks.
  • Bowie County addresses proposed budget

    Bowie County addresses proposed budget

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:46 PM EDT2014-09-17 01:46:39 GMT
    Bowie County met Tuesday night to discuss the proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year.
    Bowie County met Tuesday night to discuss the proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year.
  • Crime StoppersMore>>

  • Kenneth Willis' capital murder case delayed, state will assign new counsel

    Kenneth Willis' capital murder case delayed, state will assign new counsel

    Monday, September 15 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-09-16 00:01:38 GMT
    Kenneth Willis (Photo: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)Kenneth Willis (Photo: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)
    Less than a month before his jury selection scheduled to start, Judge Brady O'Callaghan pushed back accused child killer Kennth Willis's trial.
    Less than a month before his jury selection scheduled to start, Judge Brady O'Callaghan pushed back accused child killer Kennth Willis's trial.
  • Tattoo could lead to arrest in Shreveport UPS break-in

    Tattoo could lead to arrest in Shreveport UPS break-in

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:37:47 GMT
    Crimestoppers has cash for clues to a crime that was caught on camera.It happened September 6th at the UPS store in the 2500 block of Bert Kouns in Shreveport.
    Crimestoppers has cash for clues to a crime that was caught on camera.It happened September 6th at the UPS store in the 2500 block of Bert Kouns in Shreveport.
  • Names of Shreveport Police officers in shooting incident released

    Names of Shreveport Police officers in shooting incident released

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:18:51 GMT
    The Shreveport Police Department has released the names of two officers involved in a shooting incident Saturday evening in north Shreveport.On September 14, Officers Barbara Kendrick and Marie Jones were placed on routine paid administrative leave by Chief of Police Willie Shaw pending an investigation into a shooting incident which occurred at approximately 10:20 p.m. on September 13.During the incident, Officers Kendrick and Jones were actively searching the grounds of an apartment complex...
    The Shreveport Police Department has released the names of two officers involved in a shooting incident Saturday evening in north Shreveport.On September 14, Officers Barbara Kendrick and Marie Jones were placed on routine paid administrative leave by Chief of Police Willie Shaw pending an investigation into a shooting incident which occurred at approximately 10:20 p.m. on September 13.During the incident, Officers Kendrick and Jones were actively searching the grounds of an apartment complex...
  • KTBS 3 InvestigatesMore>>

  • Shreveport mayoral candidate "doubled dipped" thousands of dollars

    Shreveport mayoral candidate "doubled dipped" thousands of dollars

    Monday, September 15 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-09-15 18:00:14 GMT
    There's more "double dipping" trouble for a candidate for Shreveport mayor.Back in May, we showed you how Patrick Williams explained away one questionable hotel reimbursement. But our research has turned up a pattern of double dipping by the state representative. That is, he got paid back twice for the same expense.Our research from just the year 2012 shows that williams double dipped 45 times for a total amount of $4,021.88. He was paid back once by the state of Louisiana -- the taxpayers --...
    There's more "double dipping" trouble for a candidate for Shreveport mayor.Back in May, we showed you how Patrick Williams explained away one questionable hotel reimbursement. But our research has turned up a pattern of double dipping by the state representative. That is, he got paid back twice for the same expense.Our research from just the year 2012 shows that williams double dipped 45 times for a total amount of $4,021.88. He was paid back once by the state of Louisiana -- the taxpayers --...
  • Closing a "fatal gap:" How Louisiana is doing 9 months after enhanced background check laws go into effect

    Closing a "fatal gap:" How Louisiana is doing 9 months after enhanced background check laws go into effect

    Monday, September 8 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-09-08 16:16:54 GMT
    Tuesday, September 9 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-09-09 22:00:26 GMT
    About one year ago, KTBS brought you a startling investigation into federal background checks for firearm purchases. Background checks are supposed to weed out felons and mental defectives. But Louisiana had reported zero mental defectives to the FBI's background check system, making us one of the worst states for keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. Because of that, lawmakers passed laws to fix these broken background checks. Until this law went into effect, someone could walk...
    About one year ago, KTBS brought you a startling investigation into federal background checks for firearm purchases. Background checks are supposed to weed out felons and mental defectives. But Louisiana had reported zero mental defectives to the FBI's background check system, making us one of the worst states for keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. Because of that, lawmakers passed laws to fix these broken background checks. Until this law went into effect, someone could walk...
  • The Military’s Search for 1 little boy ends in Shreveport: "Hope you make it." ---- Gavin

    The Military’s Search for 1 little boy ends in Shreveport: "Hope you make it." ---- Gavin

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:31 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:31:10 GMT
    Saturday, September 6 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-09-06 21:02:06 GMT
    © "Hope you make it." ----Gavin© "Hope you make it." ----Gavin
     Airmen and soldiers serving in Afghanistan found laughter in difficult times, all courtesy of 4 little words in a letter from a school child – “Hope you make it. – Gavin” The troops wanted to meet the young man who inspired them so much.
     Airmen and soldiers serving in Afghanistan found laughter in difficult times, all courtesy of 4 little words in a letter from a school child – “Hope you make it. – Gavin” The troops wanted to meet the young man who inspired them so much.
  • ArkLaTex SlideshowsMore>>

  • Just for fun: Look at 2013 Pumpkins and Punkins #3harvest

    Just for fun: Look at 2013 Pumpkins and Punkins #3harvest

    Saturday, September 13 2014 11:23 PM EDT2014-09-14 03:23:09 GMT
    © A look back at Fall 2013© A look back at Fall 2013
    Thank you to all of our viewers who sent us your pumpkins and punkins pictures. #3harvest
    Thank you to all of our viewers who sent us your pumpkins and punkins pictures. #3harvest
  • KTBS Friday Football Fever 9-12-14

    KTBS Friday Football Fever 9-12-14

    Saturday, September 13 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-09-13 22:22:46 GMT
    KTBS Friday Football Fever is in full swing, Check it out
    KTBS Friday Football Fever is in full swing, Check it out
  • North LA Criminal Justice Academy graduates 15

    North LA Criminal Justice Academy graduates 15

    Friday, May 23 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-05-23 21:03:25 GMT
    Friday, May 23 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-05-23 21:03:25 GMT
    Photy by: Josh Cagle, Bossier Parish Sheriff's OfficePhoty by: Josh Cagle, Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office
    Fifteen recruits from four agencies became certified P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training) law enforcement officers during the graduation of Class 011 from North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy May 23.
    Fifteen recruits from four agencies became certified P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training) law enforcement officers during the graduation of Class 011 from North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy May 23.
  • Assignment EducationMore>>

  • Rat infestation disrupts head start school

    Rat infestation disrupts head start school

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:16:31 GMT
    A local parent is upset over what she calls a rodent infestation at her child's school, the Johnnie Cochran Jr. Head Start Center.
    A local parent is upset over what she calls a rodent infestation at her child's school, the Johnnie Cochran Jr. Head Start Center.
  • NSU TV to show interviews of presidential finalists

    NSU TV to show interviews of presidential finalists

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:18:27 GMT
    Interviews of the finalists for the position of president of Northwestern State University will be shown on NSU TV through Tuesday, Sept. 23.
    Interviews of the finalists for the position of president of Northwestern State University will be shown on NSU TV through Tuesday, Sept. 23.
  • Arkansas gives shade trees to elementary schools

    Arkansas gives shade trees to elementary schools

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:53 AM EDT2014-09-16 09:53:37 GMT
     Nine Arkansas elementary schools have been selected to receive shade trees as part of a state program designed to reduce skin cancer risk in children.
     Nine Arkansas elementary schools have been selected to receive shade trees as part of a state program designed to reduce skin cancer risk in children.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Ferguson protesters call anew to remove prosecutor

    Ferguson protesters call anew to remove prosecutor

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:02 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:02:29 GMT
    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:03:16 GMT
    Protesters seeking the immediate arrest of the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old have disrupted another government meeting.
    Protesters seeking the immediate arrest of the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old loudly disrupted another government meeting Tuesday, renewing calls to remove the county prosecutor...
  • Hunt on for survivalist charged in trooper killing

    Hunt on for survivalist charged in trooper killing

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:02 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:02:26 GMT
    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:03:04 GMT
    By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press The killer had a grudge against the Pennsylvania State Police, regularly visited a local shooting range to keep his skills sharp, and picked just the right...
    Hundreds of law enforcement officers fanned out across the dense northeastern Pennsylvania woods Tuesday in the hunt for a heavily armed survivalist suspected of ambushing two troopers as part of a deadly vendetta against...
  • LA County deputy convicted in corruption case

    LA County deputy convicted in corruption case

    A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was convicted Tuesday of trying to block a federal investigation of allegations of inmate abuse at county jails.
    A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was convicted Tuesday of trying to block a federal investigation of allegations of inmate abuse at county jails.
  • KTBS 3 News Tips

    Send your news tip or story idea to the KTBS 3 Newsroom.  Enter your email address below to get started.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your submission to KTBS 3 News.  A member of our staff may contact you for more information.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Rat infestation disrupts head start school

    Rat infestation disrupts head start school

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:16:31 GMT
    A local parent is upset over what she calls a rodent infestation at her child's school, the Johnnie Cochran Jr. Head Start Center.
    A local parent is upset over what she calls a rodent infestation at her child's school, the Johnnie Cochran Jr. Head Start Center.
  • It's Official, Walker Place Park Gets Another Million

    It's Official, Walker Place Park Gets Another Million

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:04:57 GMT
    A unanimous vote today by the Bossier City Council will bring some changes to Walker Place park which is located by the Century Link Center. The vote means an extra 1.8 million dollars is approved for it, which translates to a very nice state of the art park.Cooperatively building the park with U.L. Coleman companies was one of the provisions of a lawsuit settlement between the development firm and the city. The park will cost a total of 2.8 million dollars
    A unanimous vote today by the Bossier City Council will bring some changes to Walker Place park which is located by the Century Link Center. The vote means an extra 1.8 million dollars is approved for it, which translates to a very nice state of the art park.Cooperatively building the park with U.L. Coleman companies was one of the provisions of a lawsuit settlement between the development firm and the city. The park will cost a total of 2.8 million dollars
  • KTBS 3 Storm Team Forecast

    KTBS 3 Storm Team Forecast

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:01:14 GMT
    7 Day Forecast7 Day Forecast

     Here's the 7 day forecast.

     Here's the 7 day forecast.

Share Your Images
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTBS. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
    Advertising | EEO Public File | KTBS 3 Public File | KPXJ 21 Public File