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Old 10-20-2012, 11:22 PM   #11
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Got this email, just a bit of a rehash but still exciting none the less.

Welcome, to our hundreds of new subscribers since our last message at the end of the 2012 Legislative Session! Together, we will repeal Alabama's prohibition of Homebrewing, and finally become the 49th state to enjoy the hobby legally.

The big news is that we have a bill ready to go for when the 2013 Legislative Session starts on February 5. Bill number HB9 was recently introduced by our House sponsor, Rep. Mac McCutcheon. As planned, it is identical to the bill that passed the House last year, which will allow it to ride the momentum as a proven-passable bill. Being prefiled means the bill will be ready to move forward as soon as the session starts, so this is exciting news!

However, it is still up to all of us to convince each of our legislators to vote Yes. Since last year, we opened a Twitter account and a Facebook page to help spread the word. Follow https://twitter.com/AlaHomebrewing and Like https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alabama-Homebrewers-Right-to-Brew/233531956681605 to get more frequent updates. And of course, keep watching the News blog on our web site, http://www.alahomebrewing.org/news. Share this with your friends! As awareness and support increases, our collective voice becomes stronger.

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Old 10-26-2012, 02:28 PM   #12
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Be sure to make plans to attend Fall Festiveale in Birmingham next Friday 11/2! http://www.fallfestivale.com/

Right to Brew will be there with the support of Avondale and Straight to Ale! We will be serving a Right to Brew beer from each brewery. These are homebrewer's recipes upscaled and brewed by the homebrewer on the pro equipment.

We will be getting the word out to all craft beer lovers letting them know that supporting Homebrew Legalization supports the guys who eventually turn into pro craft beer brewers.

Also, the following weekend 11/3-11/4 Avondale is hosting Right to Brew at their birthday party. They will be serving another RTB series beer there.


Guys - you've got to get out and attend these events where non homebrewers will be and get the word out. The beer these folks love come from us. Look at all the craft breweries in the state. How many are headed by a homebrewer? Damn near, if not, every one of them. Homebrewers are a small population, if we can get a handful of craft beer drinkers to voice their support for us too, it would make a huge difference!

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Old 10-27-2012, 04:26 AM   #13
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I'm going to try my best to make that.

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Old 10-27-2012, 04:39 AM   #14
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Good luck with this. Seems so odd that what we do as a hobby is illegal for some people. Can you imagine brewing on Saturday morning and being arrested for it? Hop it changes for you. Stay Strong.

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Can you imagine brewing on Saturday morning and being arrested for it?
Not just arrested, convicted of a FELONY with a minimum sentence of 1 year in a state penitentiary. Losing your job, your security clearance, your right to vote, and most of your money in legal defense.

Not that this would actually happen, it doesn't happen here. The ABC has even stated that they would not prosecute and they SUPPORT the legalization effort.

The problem is that all it would take is one over zealous cop with something to prove and all that could be a possibility.


Our bill is kept from passing each session by the "Holier than Thou" Baptists who believe that because they can't control themselves around a bottle of Hooch that nobody can and that it should be abolished completely.
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The chance for arrest and conviction doesn't need to be even a possibility.

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Our bill is kept from passing each session by the "Holier than Thou" Baptists who believe that because they can't control themselves around a bottle of Hooch that nobody can and that it should be abolished completely.
Work to defeat them in the elections. If they aren't in the legislature, they can't vote against legalization. Again, the homebrewing issue doesn't have to be the one to focus on, whatever issue they are vulnerable on is fine. After you defeat one or two, then you can go to the others and ask for their support, making it clear that you will work for their defeat if they don't support your issue.
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The chance for arrest and conviction doesn't need to be even a possibility.
Agree 100%.

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Work to defeat them in the elections. If they aren't in the legislature, they can't vote against legalization. Again, the homebrewing issue doesn't have to be the one to focus on, whatever issue they are vulnerable on is fine. After you defeat one or two, then you can go to the others and ask for their support, making it clear that you will work for their defeat if they don't support your issue.
We are actually up against a paid religious lobbyist organization. They have a bit more voting clout than do the homebrewers. It's no big deal though. All the progress we have made has been by appealing to logic, facts, and reason. Something not all that often done in the government!
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Agree 100%.



We are actually up against a paid religious lobbyist organization. They have a bit more voting clout than do the homebrewers. It's no big deal though. All the progress we have made has been by appealing to logic, facts, and reason. Something not all that often done in the government!
ALCAP. It's my understanding that they would be trotting out a candidate to run against Mac McCutcheon because of his support for homebrew legislation.
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Good luck with this. Seems so odd that what we do as a hobby is illegal for some people. Can you imagine brewing on Saturday morning and being arrested for it? Hop it changes for you. Stay Strong.
Punny!
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