Monthly Archives: May 2011

Speculation

There seems to be a lot of speculation floating around about why we accepted the substitute and ended the boycott. Some of it is from people trying to support our decision and some of it is from critics of the decision. It was not the tornadoes. I’m sure that had some affect on our psyche [...]

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SB192 passes House committee

The substitute passed committee this morning. Now we work to get on the House calendar for a full vote. Because there is a substitute, the Senate will have to concur with the change. This is a quick procedural vote and should not affect our timeline.

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Details of the substitute

Perhaps the biggest thing we conceded, in the eyes of the distributors, is maintaining the separation between brewpubs and production breweries. Alcohol laws are very specific to individual states, and in Alabama the brewpub license is a special class of license which allows a manufacturer of beer to sell directly to the public. It is [...]

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A Thank you to Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser-Busch Delivers More Than 360,000 Cans of Water to Assist Tornado and Storm Relief Efforts in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Let’s take a step back from our legislative issues, and sincerely thank Anheuser-Busch for this generous act of support to the devastated areas of south. Anheuser-Busch has a history of providing drinking water to areas [...]

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Boycott ceasefire

A lot happened last week before the storms. For obvious and understandable reasons, however, our legislation has taken a back seat in our lives as well as the lives of other stakeholders. As Alabama begins a return to normalcy, here is an update. With the help of our Senate sponsor, Bill Holtzclaw, and Alabama’s brewing [...]

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More important things than beer

Everyone is searching for words to respond to the devastation that hit Alabama and other states last week. As with everyone else, we are at a loss. Free the Hops is an organization of individuals, and all of us were impacted by the storms to some degree. Many of us are simply shocked by the [...]

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