Brewery Modernization is now the law of the land

Just got official text message confirmation. Governor Bentley has signed SB192 into law. Tap rooms are now legal. Brewpubs can sell their beer off-site and be located in an economically distressed area. Rejoice!

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23 Comments

  1. Posted June 9, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for all your hard work Dan. Happy to see this finally go into law. Hope you can relax a little now :)

    • Jim
      Posted June 12, 2011 at 11:04 am | Permalink

      While better and you guys deserve the credit this bill is still something from the 1920s. First the brewery still has to be in a “historic” building or an “economically depressed area”, both add to the hoops business must go through and driving up cost and limiting availability. Then the unit still must be in a county that once brewed before prohibition but it is not up to the proprietor to prove that. What? So someone goes into an area after jumping through the hoops puts a ton of money in then someone proves there was no brewing before prohibition in the county leaving the business to move or close? You can tell few if any of our legislators have ever run anything except a campaign.

      • Posted June 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

        The location restriction and county restriction are only for brewpub licensees. Production breweries can locate in any wet county and in any location available by regular zoning requirements.

      • Stuart
        Posted June 14, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

        for brewpubs, historic building is *gone*.

        And as I mentioned elsewhere, any district can make the claim to be “economically distressed”.

  2. Ariz
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Couldn’t just about any place be considered “economically distressed” right now? Does the brew pub have to close down if the area becomes undistressed?

    • Stuart
      Posted June 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

      Can you imagine any city council or county commission saying they were *not* economically distressed?

      • Tito
        Posted June 9, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

        So no brewpubs in Mountain Brook.

        • Stuart
          Posted June 10, 2011 at 7:04 am | Permalink

          Why not? Does Mountain Brook have 100% occupancy of all strip malls? Are all business districts 100% occupied?

          If they are not, Mountain Brook could potentially have them declared “economically distressed”.

    • Tolly
      Posted June 10, 2011 at 11:07 am | Permalink

      That’s a good question though. Didn’t see an answer yet. Economically distressed areas are determined by income and unemployment rates. Madison County isn’t considered economically distressed. If you were to get an area classified as such, then one day it grew up, would you have to move your business?

      • Stuart
        Posted June 10, 2011 at 11:21 am | Permalink

        Why would you have to move a business once it has been established? That makes no sense.

        • Tolly
          Posted June 10, 2011 at 11:26 am | Permalink

          Neither do the majority of laws in this state but the law says it has to be located in an economically distressed location.

          • Stuart
            Posted June 10, 2011 at 11:31 am | Permalink

            that would be a “pre-condition for founding”, not “pre-condition for existence”. The point of the designation is to allow areas to become *not* “economically distressed”.

          • Tolly
            Posted June 10, 2011 at 11:45 am | Permalink

            Ok so I want to open a Brewpub in the new Redstone Gateway shopping center. Who do I talk to in Madison Co. about getting that classified as Economically Distressed?

          • Stuart
            Posted June 10, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink

            you’d need to talk to the Madison County Commission.

  3. Derrell
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Thanks guys for all your hard work and effort.

  4. Chris Hluzek
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Thank You for all your hard work!!

  5. Robert O.
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    I think this is great (I’m in your neighbor beer-deprived state MS) but why is it called the “Brewery Modernization Act”?..?

    • Stuart
      Posted June 9, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

      because it drags Alabama’s brewing laws, kicking and screaming, into the 20th century. Hence, our brewery laws have been modernised :)

      • Matt L.
        Posted June 14, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink

        Don’t you mean 21st century?

        • Stuart
          Posted June 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

          nope!

    • Tito
      Posted June 9, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

      Good luck with Raise Your Pints movement. I actually saw someone at Magic City Brewfest this past weekend sporting a RYP t-shirt.

  6. Daniel B.
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Thank you to all of the FTH leaders and members for their hard work and dedication in bringing our state out of the dark ages.

  7. Chris B
    Posted June 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    A HUGE thank you to everyone at Free the Hops for all there hard work “modernizing” Alabama’s lackluster beer availability. Keep up the good work. We support you 1000%.