Beer educators granted tax-exempt status

Beer education, it turns out, is a worthy cause for charity.

The Bayou Beer Society, a Houma-based group that promotes zymurgy, or brewing, has been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service. This means contributions to the society are tax-deductible.

The group’s goals include preserving the cultural and historical beer recipes of south Louisiana and promoting responsible consumption. The group’s major education effort began in earnest on Nov. 15 at the regional Bayou Beer Festival, held at Southdown Plantation in Houma.

The IRS also classified the society as a public charity because of the Beer Society’s donations to homeless veteran groups. The society is also qualified to receive bequests, devices, transfers or gifts.