Last week, the Alabama Brewers Guild submitted a public petition for rule modification with the Alabama ABC Board, asking them to remove a regulation that requires that retailers limit beer tastings to products that have not been available or widely distributed within Alabama for more than a year. Although the rule has been on the books since 1999, the term "widely distributed" appears to have been broadly defined to exclude most, if not all, craft beer from the one year [...]
The Alabama Brewers Guild has partnered with NewsTalk WVNN to bring Pints & Politics to the voters of north Alabama. The event will be held in the Gym at Straight to Ale in Huntsville on Friday, May 4 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Pints & Politics is a casual evening where elected officials and candidate for public office are invited to socialize and meet voters in an open environment. Free admission for all. All candidates for public office in the [...]
The Alabama Brewers Guild thanks Governor Kay Ivey for signing House Bill 303 by Representative Daniels. HB303 clarifies existing law by clearly exempting brewery, distillery, and winery tasting rooms from a statewide law preventing alcohol manufacturers from selling alcohol between 9 PM Saturday and 2 AM the following Monday. This decades-old law was designed to regulate business-to-business transactions between alcohol manufacturers and wholesalers. However, there was concern that it could be interpreted to prevent tasting rooms from operating during these [...]
The Alabama Brewers Guild urges Governor Kay Ivey to sign House Bill 303 by Representative Anthony Daniels of Huntsville. HB303 would clarify existing law by clearly exempting brewery, distillery, and winery tasting rooms from a statewide law preventing alcohol manufacturers from selling alcohol between 9 PM Saturday and 2 AM the following Monday. This decades-old law was designed to regulate business-to-business transactions between alcohol manufacturers and wholesalers. With the recent legalization of on-site sales at alcohol manufacturers, however, the law [...]
Brewers across Alabama came together to brew a special Guild collaboration this year. Duffie's Tavern Strong Ale is now working its way through the distribution system and will soon be available at bars and stores throughout the state. This is the fourth release in our Capital Series of annual collaborations. With cooperation from the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, these beers are designed to bring attention to Alabama's 200th year of statehood, and to promote local historical and preservation organizations. Each year in [...]
The 115th Congress passed the provisions of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA), which lowers the federal excise tax for breweries, on December 20, 2017. Under the bill, the federal excise tax will be reduced to $3.50/barrel (from $7/barrel) on the first 60,000 barrels for domestic brewers producing less than 2 million barrels annually, and reduced to $16/barrel (from $18/barrel) on the first 6 million barrels for all other brewers and all beer importers. The bill would [...]
The Alabama Brewers Guild today announced that it has hired Dan Roberts as its new executive director. "The consensus was that Dan was ultimately the best qualified candidate based on his experience and knowledge of our unique industry," said Guild president Derrell Winowich. "His commitment to furthering the growth and progression of Alabama beer and other alcohol related industries in the state ultimately gave him him the edge over the other applicants." Dan was the Guild's first executive director, leaving [...]
Alabama Brewers Guild Statement on the Consolidation of Avondale Brewing Co and Good People Brewing Co
Two of our brewing members recently consolidated through an acquisition. These types of business transactions are a normal part of a healthy and growing industry. Fans should be thrilled that both breweries continue to be owned by local, independent interests with a proven commitment to craft beer. Moving forward, we are confident that both brands will continue their unique styles and flavors that their fans have come to love.
Full job description and application instructions: Current Openings The Alabama Brewers Guild is seeking the ideal candidate to become our new Executive Director. This is a full-time, professional position that works with the Board of Directors to promote a favorable legal and market environment for the craft brewing industry in Alabama. Application deadline is September 30.
On May 26, Governor Kay Ivey signed SB234 into law. This important legislation by Senator Bill Holtzclaw protects the consumer against having his or her personal information collected by the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and its licensees. It was championed in the House by Representative Anthony Daniels. An Invasive Regulation Proposed In July 2016, the Alabama ABC proposed a requirement for breweries and brewpubs to collect the name, address, telephone number, date of birth, and the transaction details of [...]