(Montgomery, AL) – Received a tip from Free the Hops that the gourmet bottle bill is somehow up for another vote today after the BIR failed to pass yesterday. If passed, this bill would allow for beer to be sold in containers above the current 16 oz. limit across the state, just not select counties. If failed, Alabama beer drinkers have to wait another year to get this moving in the legislature. The audio from yesterday’s debate is up and it might make you both laugh and cry (mp3). Free the Hops is urging people to contact this list of representatives.
The American Homebrewers Association just sent out a memo regarding homebrew legalization. “The Senate Job Creation and Economic Development Committee passed House Bill 354 favorably on Tuesday, May 8, after the bill was reassigned from the Small Business Committee. The bill now must be voted on by the full Senate in order to go to the Governor for signing. The Senate has just three days of this session in which the bill can be heard. If it is not brought to a vote, it will die with the end of this year’s legislative session.” A list of representatives to contact can be found at that link. Alabama and Mississippi are the final two states where homebrewing is illegal.