Alabama takes a small step, but still have a giant leap ahead
In February, I shared a story about the "Free the Hops" movement that was taking place in Alabama.
With Alabama being one of the last states in the country that could not sell beer higher than 6% and sold in 12 oz bottles, the beer lovers are rejoicing for the moment.
Last week, the Alabama House of Representatives passed HB196, the Gourmet Beer Bill, which would raise Alabama’s allowable Alcohol-by-Volume (ABV) in a beer from 6.0 percent to 13.9 percent.
Under the current law, beer distributors in Alabama cannot sell 98 of the world’s top 100 beers (as rated by BeerAdvocate.com) due to the ABV restrictions.
They are still battling the lobbyist of the large-scale beer distributors, but times are changing and the consumer should have the choice.
The bill goes to the state Senate, where they hope for positive results.
This is great news, but they are only half way there. If you would like to read more about the house vote, please visit: free the hops
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