Category Archives: information

More on the ABC Board Ruling

So this past Wednesday the ABC Board met to finally vote on the new proposed rule change that would require the consumer to give up some personal information and be kept for either auditing or review by the ABC Board.  Firstly Free the Hops would like to personally thanks each and every one of you [...]

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ABC Board Update

Mike Cason’s article on AL.com lays out the ABC Board’s response to the multitude (hundreds? thousands?) of citizens who responded to the ABC Board’s proposed rule that would obligate our local breweries, brewpubs, wineries, and distilleries to keep record of purchasers’ information including name, address, telephone number, and date of birth.  As a reminder, this [...]

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Scary New Rule Proposed by ABC on Growler Sales

The Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board is proposing a change to how they regulate beer sales at local breweries and brewpubs that would significantly infringe on the privacy of craft beer consumers. The proposed rule in question pertains to Alabama Administrative Code 20-X-9-.04, (1) (b) (3). It would mandate that all breweries and brewpubs who [...]

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Crooked Stave Beer Dinner at The J. Clyde

Thanks to everyone who made this past weekend’s 10th Annual Magic City Brewfest another raging success.  We wanted to let you know about an upcoming beer dinner on Friday at The J. Clyde.  The beer dinner will be focused on the debut of Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project.  You got first shot at the beers from this [...]

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Growler bill passes both House and Senate

When I saw the headline yesterday from Dan Roberts with the Alabama Brewers Guild saying that SB211 “Growler” bill had passed the state’s Senate, I said to myself, “I never thought I would see this day a few years back”.  The Senate passed the bill 23 to 4 yesterday afternoon with the House passing HB176 [...]

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Eat / Drink Birmingham

The Alabama Brewers Guild and Birmingham Originals have announced Eat / Drink Birmingham on March 14th 2015 at Rosewood Hall from 2-6pm.  Alabama’s craft brewers team up with Birmingham’s independent restaurants to showcase the unique and diverse culinary culture of the city. Guests enjoy unlimited samples from Birmingham’s best local restaurants with craft beers that [...]

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A Statement from the Board of Directors of Free the Hops

With the Governor signing the Gourmet Bottle Bill into law, Free the Hops has met the second of our two main goals.  So, what now?  We still plan on coordinating beer festivals and Magic City Brewfest is coming up in less than two weeks – what a great way to celebrate our third bill being signed [...]

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Founders “Bastard” Beer Approval Update

Some of you may remember the statement about a month ago referencing the fact that the ABC was not approving Founders Backwoods Bastard or Dirty Bastard labels for sale in Alabama. Free the Hops received word earlier this afternoon from Birmingham Beverage Company that the “ABC has reconsidered and has sent a letter to Founders [...]

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Limited Edition “Brew Birmingham” Signed Print

  Magic City Post & ShopBirmingham.com have commissioned a series of three iconic ‘Birmingham’ posters. Each poster focuses on an event or place that helps cast Birmingham in the positive light that it deserves on the national stage. Free the Hops is their next poster partner. They believe we have helped band together the local [...]

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National Homebrew Day

Huntsville Beer reminded us that today was National Homebrew Day. If you’re looking for some group therapy support after listening to the homebrew bill debate from last week that ultimately ended in the defeat of this year’s homebrew legalization efforts, I also recommend checking out Dan Murphy’s piece in the Press-Register. Last week, I committed [...]

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