The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act are very specific as to the types of entities to which breweries may donate, what can be donated and the details around non-profit events and fundraising. Specifically, Business & Professions code section 23357.3 outlines the specifics regarding such donations. To summarize, the statute provides in relevant part as follows:
Beer manufacturers holding a Type 01 or a Type 23 license (that’s us) can donate to non-profit organizations. Breweries are only allowed to donate to federally designated 501(c) tax-exempt non-profit organizations. For events at which breweries are going to pour beer, a non-profit organization must apply for a special daily permit license (known as an ABC Form 221 license) through the ABC. Or breweries may donate beer to a 501(c) organization that is holding a private event (not open to the public, no charge for admission and no sales of alcohol) that is being held on premises that are not licensed by the ABC. Under current California law, merchandise may not be donated. Current law also dictates all beer donated to a non-profit event must be consumed on the premises. No beer may be removed from the event.
We are asked almost every day to donate beer to various events, so even though we wholeheartedly support charitable causes of all stripes, we have to be selective so that we’ll have some beer left to sell to keep our doors open! If you are interested in having us donate beer to your event, please submit your request using our Donation Request Form.