COVID-19 Information and Resources

Please feel free to recommend additional information and links to info@alabamabrewers.org. We recommend you follow government mandates, CDC guidance, and remember that this too shall pass.

Help us help you

Upcoming Guild and Free the Hops Events

  • All in-person meetings and events have been canceled through May
  • Magic City Brewfest is still planned for June 6, but that may change

Business Financial Relief

  • U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) COVID-19 Economic Inury Disaster Loan Application
  • Birmingham businesses: #BhamStrong
  • Sales tax deferments
    • ADOR executive order to temporarily waive penalties on late sales tax payments for businesses that averaged less than $62,500 per month in the previous year.
    • ADOR executive order to temporarily waive penalties on late sales tax payments for businesses currently registered with the Department of Revenue as engaging in NAICS Sector 72 activities.
    • If you don’t fall into one of the two categories above, you can the Department’s Sales and Use Tax Division at  334-242-1490. Requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis, but they should be aware that tasting rooms are going to call

Employee Financial Relief and Information

Legal Guidance

On-premise restrictions:.

  • Statewide until at least April 6 (view order)
  • Jefferson: Tightened restrictions even more, but takeout is still an option. (view order)
  • Birmingham: Shelter-in-place, but takeout is still an option (view ordinance)

Essential Business. According to federal guidelines, all food and drink manufacturing and retail operations are considered to be essential. However, these guidelines are not binding to state or local officials. Unless there is more specific guidance, I think it is safe to assume you are essential. However, do not be surprised if they eventually specify that bars and breweries without food must shut down.

To-Go Sales. Effective March 24, all Alabama on- and off-premises licensees are authorized to do curbside pickup. However, these sales are limited to one liter of liquor, 1.5 liters of wine, or 288 ounces of beer.

You may make sales on your premises, on a patio adjacent to your premises, or curbside delivery within the limits.

For licensed brewpubs, this does give you the ability to sell up to a case of any beer you’ve purchased from your wholesaler for curbside pickup.

Delivery. Unfortunately, delivery of alcoholic beverages to customers at their residence is prohibited for any business in Alabama.

State Excise Taxes. We are asking for a 90-day suspension of excise taxes for small breweries and distilleries. However, it is important to know that the ABC does not currently charge penalties or interest on late payment of state excise taxes. So as it stands now, they will eventually require payment (or suspend your license) but you will not be penalized for paying late.

Uniform Local Excise Tax. We strongly recommend you reach out to your local authority to ask about them suspending the $0.01625/4 oz local excise tax.

Production of Hand Sanitizer. According to the ABC, they do not regulate non-beverage products such as hand sanitizer. You should, however, keep good records of alcohol that is used for this process. We recommend researching the American Craft Spirits Association’s resources for federal and other guidance.

Product destruction. If you need to destroy product, you must contact the ABC. They do not expect excessive delays during this situation, and they usually respond within 48 hours. Photo and video evidence has never been allowed – you must reach out to the state for them to come in to witness the destruction (or however they want to handle it). You can reach out to the ABC Tax and Trade Practices Division at ABCBoard–Audit@abc.alabama.gov. The ABC is also implementing heightened safety protocols and issued the following:

For the time being, once a licensee has scheduled a destruction, the licensee will be required to complete the appropriate destruction form affidavit “in advance by size and email to the licensee’s contact”. ABC employees will print the document prior to arriving on licensee’s location, verify the count, witness the destruction of the beer, sign and email the verified document to the licensee and to ABCBoard- -Audit@abc.alabama.gov.