2009 Alabama Homebrewing Bill

First off, let me say and explain that I nor any member of our club ( Hopheads ) are a spokesperson or representative of any other group, Individual or entity regarding the following proposal or information.

In 2008, Alabama’s legislature failed to pass many bills including SB355 and HB196 which were introduced by the Free The Hops organization and it’s members. in the coming months several of Alabama’s oldest Homebrew clubs and Individual Homebrewers will  introduce a Homebrewing Bill  in 2009 with hopes of changing Alabama’s antiquated beer law pertaining specifically to Homebrewing. Surrounding our state on 3 sides are states where the law has already been amended and corrected, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida all have less restrictive Homebrewing laws than Alabama.Mississippi had recent legislation attempting to correct their antiquated Homebrewing restriction. of all the states, Alabama has the most restrictive laws regarding Homebrewing. currently Homebrewing Beer for personal consumption is legal in some form in 46 other states. it’s time Senators, lets move into the 21st century with the rest of the world.

In November 1978, Congress passed a bill repealing Federal restrictions on the homebrewing of small amounts of beer. Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, signed the bill into law in February 1979, and many states soon followed suit. However, this bill left individual states free to pass their own laws limiting production. For example, homebrewing is still illegal in the state of Alabama.

to wit: Homebrewing

Section 28-1-1
Possession of still, etc., or illegally manufactured, transported or imported alcoholic beverages.

In all counties of the state it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to have in his or its possession any still or apparatus to be used for the manufacture of any alcoholic beverage of any kind or any alcoholic beverage of any kind illegally manufactured or transported within the state or imported into the state from any other place without authority of the alcoholic control board of the state, and any person, firm or corporation violating this provision or who transports any illegally manufactured alcoholic beverages or who manufactures illegally any alcoholic beverages shall, upon conviction, be punished as provided by law.

There are a couple of other very restrictive laws related to alcohol (Beer specifically) in this state as well., we however are concentrating on only one piece of legislation (Homebrewing)

 

the aforementioned group Free The Hops ( FTH ), will continue to take the fight on regarding the Alcohol By Volume ( ABV ) limits and I am sure they will succeed. this past session they were fairly successful with there efforts and should probably do even better in 2009. we wish them all the best with their fight against the obstacles they face.

Alcohol By Volume

Section 28-3-1(3)

(3) BEER, or MALT OR BREWED BEVERAGES. Any beer, lager beer, ale, porter, malt or brewed beverage, or similar fermented malt liquor containing one-half of one percent or more of alcohol by volume and not in excess of five percent alcohol by weight and six percent by volume, by whatever name the same may be called.

 

Hopefully the Laws regarding container size will be championed by someone as well for the coming year. it is our opinion that individual efforts from separate groups and individuals would have a better chance than having one organization or group try and get several bills passed in the same year.

Container Size

Section 28-3A-23 (g)

(g) All beer, except draft or keg beer, sold by retailers must be sold or dispensed in bottles, cans or other containers not to exceed one pint or 16 ounces. All wine sold by retailers for off-premise consumption must be sold or dispensed in bottles or other containers in accordance with the standards of fill specified in the then effective standards of fill for wine prescribed by the U.S. Treasury Department.

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