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Legislative Update: After the 2019 Legislative Session

At the beginning of the session, the Alabama Brewers Guild released a comprehensive reform agenda called Brewery Modernization 2.0. The state legislature passed two key provisions of this agenda during the 2019 regular legislative session, and the Guild is committed to continuing to work to bring common sense reform to the alcohol regulatory system in Alabama.Brewery Modernization 2.0 is an ambitious reform package designed to "clean-up" the law to better account for the current state of the industry and [...]

By |2019-05-30T18:47:53+00:00May 30th, 2019|2 Comments

HB151 and Beer Taxes

Excise taxes are probably the least-fun part of the beer industry, but they are important for brewers. House Bill 151, introduced by Representative Nordgren and awaiting a hearing in the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee, would solve a major issue with the ABC beer excise tax when applied to brewery tasting rooms. What is the ABC Beer Excise Tax in Alabama? per barrel when the keg is sold by wholesalers per barrel when [...]

By |2019-04-05T04:17:14+00:00April 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Representative Nordgren introduces HB151: Brewery Modernization 2.0

On Tuesday, March 19, Representative Rebecca Nordgren of Gadsden introduced HB151, also known as Brewery Modernization 2.0. This legislation is designed to update and clean-up the Brewery Modernization Act, the landmark 2011 legislation that legalized tasting rooms in Alabama. Brewery Modernization 2.0 is the culmination of almost two years of review of the existing regulatory system. Derrell Winowich, president of the Alabama Brewers Guild and owner of Chattahoochee Brewing Co, remarked, "Tasting rooms have been legal in Alabama for about [...]

By |2019-03-20T15:15:01+00:00March 19th, 2019|2 Comments

C.K. Lichenstein joins the Alabama Brewers Guild

C.K. Lichenstein has joined the Alabama Brewers Guild as its first Membership and Operations Coordinator. As the craft brewing industry continues to grow in Alabama, the Guild found that it had an immediate need for a full-time position dedicated to managing its relationships with its members and ensure that it continues to bring value. The Membership and Operations Coordinator will work with brewing and distillery members as well as our industry partners. After first working in the retail tier of [...]

By |2019-03-04T18:38:15+00:00March 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Where to find Bitter Constituent

Alabama Crown Distributing is delivering our 2019 Guild Collaboration around the state. Here is where you can find it! This post will be updated as we receive updates. Bitter Constituent is also available on draft and in special crowlers at the host brewery, Common Bond Brewers in Montgomery. North Alabama Below the Radar, Huntsville Das Stahl Bierhaus, Huntsville Liquor Express, Huntsville Old Towne Beer Exchange, Huntsville The Open Bottle, Huntsville Rocket City Craft Beer, Madison [...]

By |2019-01-27T17:56:31+00:00January 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Guild Announces Fifth Annual Collaboration Beer – Bitter Constituent

Release Party to be Held at Common Bond Brewers, Montgomery, on Saturday, January 12 Last month, Alabama Brewers Guild members from across the state gathered at Common Bond Brewers in Montgomery to create their annual collaboration beer, “Bitter Constituent,” an American-style India Pale Ale. A one-time, special recipe developed by Guild members and made with five different hop varietals, Bitter Constituent (ABV 7.5%) will be available to the public exclusively at Common Bond Brewers beginning on Saturday, January [...]

By |2019-01-23T18:39:32+00:00January 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Huntsville’s Campus 805: Three Years Into Alabama’s First Multi-Brewery Development Project

A former middle school turned brewery and entertainment venue is helping to revive the west Huntsville neighborhood and create a ripple effect across other parts of the city. With 19 tenants and nearly 90 percent occupancy, Campus No. 805 is commanding attention among beer enthusiasts in Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. The facility is also gaining recognition outside the region and inspiring new growth along the west Huntsville corridor. “When we initially started, we knew this was going to be something [...]

By |2018-11-15T10:00:04+00:00November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Guild Asks ABC to Remove Restrictive Tasting Rule

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 [...]

By |2018-06-11T13:20:15+00:00June 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Pints & Politics May 4 in Huntsville

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 [...]

By |2018-04-27T18:14:39+00:00April 27th, 2018|0 Comments

HB303 Enacted into Law

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 [...]

By |2018-04-05T15:45:30+00:00April 5th, 2018|0 Comments
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