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Fall FestivALE Beer List

The beer list is almost 100% finalized for the event.  There will be a few more additions, but this is a good list to follow for Sunday. If you don’t yet have tickets you can still get them at the discounted rate of $29 at https://fallfestivale.instagift.com/.  See everyone Sunday at 2pm! Brewery Beer 1 Beer [...]

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Announcing the 5th Annual Fall FestivAle

It’s official! The 2015 Cobb Lane Fall FestivAle will be Sunday, November 22nd from 2-5PM. Presented by Free the Hops, The J. Clyde and B-Metro: The Magazine of Metro Birmingham Living, join us on Birmingham’s historic Cobb Lane in Five Points South Bham. You’ll be able to try seasonal and unique beers from brewers around the state, shop local [...]

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SB452 Brewery Jobs Bill

On Wednesday (5/13), the Brewery Job Bill – SB452 – proposed by the Alabama Brewers Guild passed unanimously out of the State Committee.  Next stop is passing the full Senate.  Let’s help the Alabama Brewers Guild get growler sales from the breweries!  Go to http://www.freethehops.org/legislative, enter your address to find your state senator, and tell him or [...]

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9th Annual Magic City Brewfest

The 9th Annual Magic City Brewfest will take place at the Historic Sloss Furnaces on June 5th from 7-11pm and June 6th from 4-8pm.  Tickets will go on sale starting April 27th through Ticketmaster and local retail locations.  Tickets for each day will be $38 and $45 at the door.  For those that want to [...]

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Bomber Day in Alabama!

What a great day August 1, 2012 was for the great state of Alabama.  Craft beer from breweries that have never been offered in the state were readily available at places like Piggly Wiggly, J.Clyde, Whole Foods, and Neighborhood Hops & Vine.  People lined up to have the chance to be the first to buy [...]

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Governor Bentley Has Signed Gourmet Bottle Bill

Free the Hops has confirmed with Governor Bentley’s office that he has signed the Gourmet Bottle Bill into law. Thank you for all of your phone calls and emails to his office and the legislature’s as well. This is a great day for craft beer in Alabama. Please stop calling his office, they’ve had enough!!

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Next Step for Gourmet Bottle Bill

Now that SB294 has passed the House ED&T Committee, it will now move to the Alabama State House of Representatives for a vote. Keep an eye here and twitter @freethehops for up to the date information as it happens.

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Brews For Clues

On Saturday, November 14th from 6pm – 10pm at Sloss Furnaces, Free The Hops will host a unique event to benefit the Autism Society of Alabama. Six local restaurants will be featuring a variety of fine foods and we will be expertly pairing those dishes with great craft beer. Much to the surprise of many [...]

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Lots of Exciting New Beers!

Things settled down for a while after an initial explosion of new beers that arrived within a month or so of the ABV bill getting signed into law.  I think we saw close to 100 new products over about a six week period.  That was almost exclusively the result of wholesalers bringing in previously forbidden [...]

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My beer dinner

Joining Danner’s bandwagon, I am conducting a special beer dinner at the J Clyde on Saturday 25th July at 6pm. 5 courses, 5 gourmet beers. There’s a couple of wrinkles to be sorted out yet, but I wanted to get the information out there so that people who are interested could email info “at” jclyde.com [...]

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