Category Archives: House

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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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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Homebrew Bill on Special Order Calendar, Tuesday, April 2nd

Homebrewers, craft beer enthusiasts, and everyone who respects personal freedom, it is time for all of us to email and/or call our Alabama House representatives! HB9, the Alabama Homebrew Bill, is scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives this Tuesday, April 2. Our neo-prohibitionists opposition is out in force, and it is critical [...]

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Gourmet Bottle Bill Passes House, Contact Governor Bentley

Due to all members of Free the Hops’ hard work yesterday the Gourmet Bottle Bill (SB294) passed the Alabama House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 58-34. This was an incredible turn of events after GBB did not pass the Budget Isolation Resolution (BIR) vote the day before. Getting GBB through the House yesterday [...]

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Contact Your House Representative About The Gourmet Bottle Bill Now!!!!!

The Gourmet Bottle Bill, SB294, did not pass the House Budget Isolation Resolution vote yesterday but that does not mean that our bill is dead. Time is running out though and there is still a chance this session to pass but it is imperative that you contact your House representative asking that they bring SB294 [...]

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Container Size Equality in Birmingham News

Bigger beer container bill awaits vote in Alabama House BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Alabama brewers and craft beer advocates don’t want the Alabama House of Representatives to announce “last call” on this legislative session before taking up a bill for bigger beer containers already passed by the Alabama Senate. The Alabama Brewers Guild and the Free [...]

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Alabama’s Counties Should Be Treated Equally Regarding Container Size

Did you know that citizens in thirteen Alabama counties (highlighted below in yellow) can already buy beer in containers larger than 16 ounces? Doesn’t the whole state of Alabama deserve that same freedom and the economic growth that springs from that?   Retailers in Jefferson, Madison, Mobile and all other wet counties should have the [...]

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Update: Gourmet Bottle Bill has passed House committee

The Gourmet Bottle Bill (SB294) has passed out of the ED&T Committee.

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Gourmet Bottle Bill Committee Meeting Moved To Room 418

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Alabama Brewers Guild Supports Gourmet Bottle Bill

Statement from the Alabama Brewers Guild regarding SB294… Alabama is currently the only state that prohibits the sale of beer packaged in containers larger than 16 oz. Free the Hops, an independent consumer advocacy organization, has proposed SB294, the Gourmet Bottle Bill, to raise this limit to 25.4 oz. This bill passed the Alabama State [...]

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