Bars Inside el Bait Shop. (Juice file photo)

Inside el Bait Shop. (Juice file photo)

Jimmy Carter Happy Hour returns July 11

Published on July 8th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler

In April El Bait Shop’s popular home-brewing showcase, the Jimmy Carter Happy Hour, was shut down due to an Iowa law that says home-brewed beer can only be consumed in homes. A new law that took affect July 1 allows greater leeway for home-brewers to share their beer, and El Bait Shop co-owner Jeff Bruning announced today that The Jimmy Carter Happy Hour will return on a weekly basis starting Thursday.

“These guys do it for no profit, but it’s spurred a little cottage industry,” Bruning said. “The Twisted Vine guys, John Martin from Confluence and others got their start at the Jimmy Carter Happy Hour. It’s given some people the opportunity to do a test run and see if they want to open a brewery.”

Bruning said the event normally features one brewer, but he’s expecting six to 10 brewers to bring beer for the first event. Due to there being an Iowa Cubs game that night, which normally draws extra people to the bar, Bruning is expecting a crowd of 200 to 300 people.”

The biggest change is that brewers will no longer be able to accept tips for their beer. In the past they always gave the beer away, but were allowed to set out a tip jar. Under the new law home-brewers can’t accept money for their product.

The Jimmy Carter Happy Hour
When: 6 p.m. Thursday
Where: El Bait Shop, 200 S.W. Second St.
Cost: Free

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