Jul 31, 2014 11:00 Beer educators granted tax-exempt status Beer educators granted tax-exempt status Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Pints of beer are lined up for the "Hold My Pint" competition during Oktoberfest on Saturday in Kenner. Advocate staff report July 31, 2014 Comments 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.