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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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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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Birmingham News on SB192

Birmingham News: Alabama beer brewing laws near change, but some say not far enough A pretty good overview of the bill’s current status, including the fact that the compromise  is a little controversial. However, I want to point out a few points that I think aren’t quite accurate. This isn’t an indictment of the author [...]

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Birmingham News on the boycott

Lots of articles have been circulating since yesterday, but I think this is a pretty comprehensive one. Birmingham News: Free the Hops calls for boycott of beers stocked by Anheuser-Busch distributors in Alabama Quoting my friend Stuart Carter: This is not a decision that the board of directors or the senior officers of Free the [...]

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Fox 6 Coverage on boycott

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Breaking: Free the Hops boycotts Anheuser-Busch and their distributors in Alabama

The Board of Directors of Free the Hops has voted to ban all products from Anheuser-Busch and their local distributors from Free the Hops events until further notice.  This is a direct response to their efforts against our bills. The aims of the Brewery Modernization Act are to provide a friendlier environment for the brewing [...]

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Montgomery brewpub may or may not come back

Montgomery Advertiser: New Brew Pub owners making big plans After months of negotiations, the Montgomery Brewpub location has been sold. The new owners are interested in re-opening the brewpub, but they are hesitant due to the legal restrictions that would be placed on their license. He said whether the plans would include a brewery and [...]

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