Monthly Archives: April 2010

Rocket City Brewfest is next weekend

It’s almost time! The Second Annual Rocket City Brewfest is on the evening of Friday, May 7 from 7-11pm and the afternoon of Saturday, May 8, from 3-7pm. I am personally most excited to see the lineup from Straight to Ale. As of this time, Huntsville’s new brewery does not plan to be at Birmingham’s [...]

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Dead this year

Most of you know by now that we the Alabama House didn’t make it to the second Special Order Calendar, and thus the Brewery Modernization Act never came up for a vote. Since the legislative session is now over, we’re dead this year. It came a long way for its first year, but in the [...]

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The 30th Day

SB153 (Homebrew legalization) is dead in committee. Despite Chairman Morrow’s efforts, the House Tourism and Travel Committee didn’t have enough people show up to have a quorum to give it a favorable report. There’s simply no way this is going to happen this year. SB328 (Brewery Modernization Act), however, is still kicking. We have high [...]

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Buy tickets for the Rocket City Brewfest

Tickets for the Second Annual Rocket City Brewfest are now available through Ticketmaster. We have also posted the Ticketmaster fee schedule on the event website to help avoid any surprises. This year’s brewfest will feature old favorites as well as a host of new breweries and  beers that have been made available since last year’s [...]

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This is the week for the Brewery Modernization Act and Homebrew bill

This is the final week of the legislative session in Montgomery. In dramatic fashion, the Brewery Modernization Act may come up on the second-to-last or last day of the 2010 session – this Wednesday or Thursday. SB328 has already passed the Senate and should come up for a vote in the House this Wednesday or [...]

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No more BIR vote this session

The General Fund Budget went to the Governor yesterday. That means no more Budget Isolation Resolutions. If you’re new to Alabama politics, the state constitution has this strange provision where no bills can be passed before the state budgets. The only way to vote on a bill before the budgets is if the chamber adopts [...]

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Brewery Modernization Act passes House committee… again

Our Senate flavor of the Brewery Modernization Act, SB328, passed out of the House Tourism and Travel Committee this morning without a hitch. This bill is now the substitute legislation. Since SB328 passed the Senate, we are now a House vote away from being sent to the Governor. When can we expect a vote? That’s [...]

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Passing the Brewery Modernization Act

In order for a bill to become law, the same bill number must pass both the House and the Senate. It then goes to the Governor. We introduced two Brewery Modernization Act bills in the legislature this year – one in the Senate (SB328) and one in the House (HB406). Although they are the same [...]

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Follow up with your Senator

Thank you to everyone who called and emailed yesterday. I was cc’ed on several emails going to Senators and Representatives and also received a lot of email from supporters telling me that they called. And I know many more people called and emailed that didn’t tell me about it. That effort really does make a [...]

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Brewery Modernization Act passes the Senate

The Brewery Modernization Act just passed the Senate in the most routine vote a Free the Hops bill has probably ever received. The Budget Isolation Resolution was passed using a “previous roll,” which means everyone just agreed to let it pass without a real vote. The substitute was adopted in similar fashion. They took a [...]

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