Legislative Agenda

Allow for  Multiple Locations   for Brewing and Distilling Companies

Many Alabama breweries and distilleries are looking to expand to additional locations, but current Alabama law makes multiple locations difficult and inefficient. The Guild supports allowing multiple-location breweries and distilleries and to allow transfers between locations in compliance with federal law.

 Remove the Tax Penalty  on Brewery and Distillery Tasting Rooms

Alabama praises itself as a business-friendly environment with low, easy-to-understand taxes. However, the state’s excise taxes on beer and liquor sold at tasting rooms are complicated, arbitrarily assessed, and unnecessarily high. The Guild supports a simple, flat $4 per liter tasting room tax on spirits and to remove the 50% penalty for beer sold at the tasting room.

Allow Brewery and Distillery Owners to  Participate in Non-Profits 

Existing interpretation of three-tier statutes prevent brewery and distillery owners from participating in nonprofits that also host licensed special events. The Guild supports a clear exemption for nonprofit organizations from the definition of “financial interest” for three-tier purposes.

 Reform the Alabama Brewpub Act  and Allow Brewpubs to Grow

Current Alabama law prevents brewpub licensees from thriving. The Guild supports increasing the production limit for brewpubs and allowing other brewing companies to own brewpub locations.