How to Help
1. JoinJoin/Renew Now
Join FTH if you have not already. If you have, renew your membership. FTH has Chapters in Birmingham, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, Auburn, Montgomery, and Mobile, and each chapter has events from time to time that are for members only. Plus, FTH depends on membership dues for a large portion of its financial support. And unfortunately, it costs money to hire a Lobbyist, pay for events, and get the word out about bringing better beer to Alabama.
If you do not wish to join (or even if you already have), you can support the work of FTH by donating to the organization. You can donate any amount you wish, from $1 to $1000 or more. Any donation is appreciated, and you can rest assured that your donation will assist in efforts to bring the world's best beers to Alabama. Membership fees and donations given to Free the Hops are not tax deductible.
3. Subscribe to Our NewsletterSubscribe Now
FTH regularly sends important updates and occasionally calls to action to its supporters through the FTH newsletter. Even if you don't join, you can help FTH by keeping up with our progress and supporting our events.
4. Contact Your LegislatorsContact Legislators Now
Contact your State Senators and Representatives to let them know that you support the Brewery Modernization Act and the Gourmet Bottle Bill, and ask them to vote in favor. Tell them that you support FTH's efforts to bring better beer to Alabama. You can call them, fax them, write them a letter, or in many cases even email them.
Free The Hops is an all volunteer-based, grassroots, non-profit organization. As such, FTH depends on members and supporters to volunteer their time as officers, chapter organizers, and for FTH events such as the Magic City Brewfest and Rocket City Brewfest. But, like any organization, FTH also needs accounting services, copy writing, printing, graphic design, web services, any many other services. You may have just the skill and time that we need.
6. Purchase gearPurchase Gear Now
In addition to our Etsy store, FTH has tulip glasses, T-shirts, and other items for sale at its events. Every dollar raised from these items goes directly to support our efforts to bring better beer to Alabama.
7. Buy From Amazon.com Through Our Site
You can support FTH without leaving home and at no additional cost to you. When you purchase from Amazon.com after beginning your search using our Amazon search bar (on the right), FTH gets a percentage of your total purchase, yet your price is the same as if you had gone directly to Amazon. Give it a try. Every little bit helps.
8. Educate YourselfLearn More Now
Knowing what Free The Hops is, what it is trying to do, and what effect this will have on Alabama can be of great assistance to FTH. With this information you will be better prepared to talk to your legislators about the Brewery Modernization Act and the positive impact it will have on Alabama.
9. Tell Beer-Related BusinessesPrint Flyersor Talking Points now
Tell the staff and owners at your favorite bar or pub about Free The Hops and about how you would like the opportunity to choose from among the best beers in the world. Tell the store owners and managers at the places you buy beer for home consumption as well. Direct them to our website, and ask them if they will sponsor FTH. For their support, FTH will list them on our Sponsors page, and if their contribution qualifies, their logo can be listed in our rotating sponsor ad (located in the right side bar).
10. Tell Your Friends
Alabama's beer restrictions haven't provided a very friendly environment for "beer culture", so many people here don't even realize what non-mass market beer is like. Spread the word about FTH to your friends. Ask them to join and attend an event with you. After all, good beer is always best enjoyed with good company. Re-tweet, "like" or share information from Twitter and Facebook discussions.
11. Don't Forget
Georgians For World Class Beer successfully changed their laws to bring better beer to their state in July 2004. North Carolina followed in August 2005. South Carolina passed legislation to allow more gourmet and specialty beer into their state in 2007. Just as these southern states before us, Free The Hops will succeed in changing Alabama's antiquated beer laws with your help.