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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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A Statement from the Board of Directors of Free the Hops

Several weeks ago we made an announcement that although Free The Hops will be advocating for new legislation during the 2013 Alabama legislative session, we will not be taking on homebrewing legalization. As we pointed out then, a devoted group of homebrewers called Right To Brew has been working on that issue for several years [...]

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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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Statement from the Board of Directors of Free the Hops

It has recently been brought to the attention of the Board of Directors of Free The Hops that two beers from highly respected Founders Brewing Company will not be allowed to be sold in Alabama in spite of meeting all of our state’s legal qualifications for alcohol content and bottle size. The beers at issue [...]

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Free the Hops 2012 Legislative Session Update

  Tuesday, February 7th, the 2012 regular session of the Alabama Legislature will begin at 12pm. A Regular Session may consist of no more than 30 Legislative Days within the framework of a 105-calendar day period according to the Legislature’s home page. Last year’s session convened March 1, 2011, and adjourned June 9, 2011 to [...]

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Governor Bentley says he will sign SB192

Birmingham News: Alabama Governor Robert Bentley plans to sign beer bill into law. An article in the Birmingham News confirms that Governor Bentley plan on signing SB192. A good read overall.

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About the non-Bud Breweries

I want to be clear. With the exception of Anheuser-Busch, the breweries listed on our boycott list do not appear to be opposed to Free the Hops’ legislation. In fact, we know many of them support it. Back Forty, in particular, is an Alabama brewery that wants to open a tap room at their new [...]

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