Category Archives: Senate

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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Homebrewing (HB9) Bill Passes Senate

Email from Right to Brew… After a drama-filled day for us listening to the Senate, and after all hope seemed long lost, they brought up HB9 unexpectedly, out of the blue, and passed it 18 – 7 – 1 tonight, without a single word of debate. The Alabama Homebrew Bill has passed the Legislature!!!! It [...]

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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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Gourmet Bottle Bill Passes Senate

  Senate Bill 294, the Gourmet Bottle Bill, passed the Alabama Senate on Tuesday, February 22nd by a vote of 14-13.  We are far from done with GBB though, the next step will move this bill to the House of Representatives.  Keep an eye out here, the message board, email and our twitter account for [...]

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Gourmet Bottle Bill on Senate Special Order Calendar Today

  The Gourmet Bottle Bill, Senate Bill 294, is on the special order calendar today!  The session will start at 5pm. If you have not contacted your Senator then please do so today. It is very important that they hear from you expressing your support for SB294. E-mail is good but if you can make [...]

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Gourmet Bottle Bill Update

  There is a chance that the Gourmet Bottle Bill, Senate Bill 294, will be on the special order calendar tomorrow. Please contact your Senator as soon as possible expressing your support for SB294. E-mail is good but if you can make a phone call as well, that would be best. Keep your e-mails and [...]

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Gourmet Bottle Bill Passes Senate Committee

  The Gourmet Bottle Bill, or SB294, has passed the Senate Small Business committee and received a second reading on the floor of the Senate.  In addition, the GBB has had its first reading on the floor of the House as HB264.  Read more about the legislative steps here. If you have not contacted your representative [...]

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Montgomery Assigns Numbers to Gourmet Bottle Bill

  The House of Representatives has given the Gourmet Bottle Bill “HB264″ while the Senate has given the bill “SB294″. The House sponsors are Jim Barton, Chad Fincher, Jamie Ison and David Sessions. The Senate sponsor is Paul Sanford.

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