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Dan Roberts is the executive director of the Alabama Brewers Guild.

Mulberry Road: 2017 Guild Collaboration Beer Released

With cooperation from the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, the Alabama Brewers Guild is celebrating the state's 200th birthday with a Capital Series of annual collaboration beers. These beers recognize each of the state's five historic capitals with the last of the series to be released in conjunction with Alabama’s bicentennial in 2019. For 2017 we are releasing Mulberry Road to honor our first permanent capital at Old Cahawba (1820-1826). The series started in 2015 with the release of St. Stephens Stout, [...]

By |2017-01-19T10:25:51+00:00January 19th, 2017|1 Comment

Our written comments on the proposed regulations

Warning: Boring documents written by lobbyists and lawyers ahead We appreciate the strong public interest in alcoholic beverage regulations following the recent proposals from the Alabama ABC Board. While the media and public have been primarily concerned with one provision of the proposals, there are actually many changes being suggested. Many of the changes don't affect beer. There are changes related to wine and spirits tastings, for example. Of the proposed changes that do affect beer: Most are pretty standard and unexciting, many are [...]

By |2016-08-11T06:34:29+00:00August 11th, 2016|1 Comment

About those proposed regulations

Alabama lawmakers have passed several updates to the state's alcoholic beverage laws in recent years. Craft beer fans rightly praise the legislature for bringing Alabama law up-to-date with an evolving industry. However, the real work of regulating Alabama's alcoholic beverage industry falls to the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. They do this, in part, by adopting rules and regulations. The ABC recently submitted eight proposed changes to these regulations for public comment. Alabama's craft brewers welcome many aspects of these proposals. Craft brewers even suggested some [...]

By |2016-08-04T01:16:21+00:00August 4th, 2016|0 Comments

City of Montgomery removes growler ban

Last week, the city council of Montgomery approved an Ordinance 26-2016 allowing growlers of draft beer to go in city limits. Although the state law went into effect on June 1, the state's capital needed to update their ordinances to bring them up to par with new state laws. We would like to thank the staff at the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce for working with our members on this change. Montgomery currently has one brewpub, Railyard Brewing Co, as well as at least [...]

By |2016-06-14T10:15:28+00:00June 14th, 2016|1 Comment

Governor Bentley signs HB176 into law

On March 24, at 11:00 AM, Governor Bentley signed HB176 into law. This legislation allows breweries and brewpubs in the state to sell up to 288 ounces per person per day for off-premise consumption. It also removes unusual location restrictions for brewpub licensees in Alabama and allows for charitable contributions to nonprofit events. The law will take effect on June 1, 2016 Our member breweries are extremely pleased with the bill. Many are reporting that they are busy updating their [...]

By |2016-03-26T11:39:41+00:00March 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Growler bill passes legislature

On March 15, the Alabama legislature gave final passage to HB176, sending it to Governor Bentley for his signature. This legislation allows breweries and brewpubs in the state to sell up to 288 ounces per person per day for off-premise consumption. It also removes unusual location restrictions for brewpub licensees in Alabama and allows for charitable contributions to nonprofit events. We are extremely happy that this legislation was passed and look forward to the Governor signing it into law. Unless something [...]

By |2016-03-16T09:28:00+00:00March 16th, 2016|0 Comments

SB211 and HB176 filed in the Alabama legislature

Senate Bill 211 was introduced today by Senator Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison) and includes 10 cosponsors. It was assigned to the Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee. House Bill 176 was also introduced today by Representative Anthony Daniels (R-Huntsville) and includes 46 cosponsors. It was assigned to the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee. These bills are identical and follow the recommendations of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Study Commission. The major changes include: Allowing brewpubs and breweries to sell up to 288 ounces [...]

By |2016-02-11T11:50:28+00:00February 11th, 2016|2 Comments

Badlun Brothers Imperial Porter: Our 2016 Guild Collaboration Beer

Who are the Badlun Brothers? In the fall of 1819, just before Alabama was admitted to the Union as the 22nd state, James and William Badlun established the state's first commercial brewery on their ten acres of land just west of downtown Huntsville.((The Alabama Republican, September 11, 1819.))((The Alabama Republican, August 19, 1820.)) They advertised: Porter, Ale, and Beer, of a quality inferior to none, by the barrel or smaller quantity The Badlun Brothers predated the lager revolution of the mid-nineteenth century. This was a British-style [...]

By |2016-01-21T08:00:03+00:00January 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Study Commission makes recommendations

The joint legislative Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Study Commission on Tuesday approved their recommendations for the 2016 legislative session. The commission was formed to study Alabama's laws related to the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages to determine if they are competitive, congruent, and consistent with laws across the United States. As it relates to the craft brewing industry, the commission made three recommendations: Allowed licensed brewers and brewpubs producing fewer than 60,000 barrels of beer annually to directly sell up [...]

By |2016-01-12T17:07:58+00:00January 12th, 2016|2 Comments

Alabama’s Congressional delegation supports the craft brewing industry

6 of Alabama's 7 members of Congress cosponsor the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2015 As of December 18, the federal Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 2903) has 156 cosponsors in the United States House of Representatives. This legislation is strongly supported by the Brewers Association as well as the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association. Six of those cosponsors are from Alabama, including Representatives Bradley Byrne (R-AL-01), Martha Roby (R-AL-02), [...]

By |2015-12-19T17:04:16+00:00December 19th, 2015|0 Comments
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