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Old 05-14-2009, 08:03 PM   #1
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Default High ABV beers in Alabama!

Minutes ago the Free the Hops legislation passed the Alabama state senate! This bill raises the maximum ABV of beers sold in the state from 6% to 13.9%. This bill previously passed the house and now goes to the Governor for signing. There is a chance that it will be vetoed, and tomorrow is last day the senate will meet until next year, so we aren't out of the woods yet. However, if the Governor receives enough encouragement, we may be (legally) drinking imperial stouts and IIPAs at the Magic City Brew Fest!

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Old 05-14-2009, 09:30 PM   #2
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I wouldn't hold my breath. I've been knowing the Governor for most of my life and, I'd say the chances he's going to veto it are better than average. Plus this late in the game he doesn't even have to stick his neck out to veto it, just let it sit on his desk and ignore it till the senate goes home. I really hope I'm wrong, but I would bet on a pocket veto. But I'll happily be wrong and eat my crow - I'll wash it down with one of those IIPAs at Magic City Brewfest - lol


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Old 05-14-2009, 11:13 PM   #3
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The Governor has already indicated his willingness to sign HB373 into law if it hits his desk. I would encourage everyone in Alabama that cars about personal freedom, our economy, and of course gourmet beers (read: High ABV) to head to:

Free The Hops | Alabamians For Specialty Beer

Please read the post explaining what we need to do TONIGHT, and then follow the link in it and email the Governor. My fiance and I have already done so, we're getting our friends and family to do so, and I hope anyone else on here in Alabama will follow suit. Let's take this time to put forth a tiny bit of effort to make this final push for the betterment of our state.
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:10 AM   #4
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I can't even get on the website!! it must be getting hammered by everyone!

I was just checking to see if it passed, and when I couldn't get on the site, I came here for my usual browsing
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I can't even get on the website!! it must be getting hammered by everyone!

I was just checking to see if it passed, and when I couldn't get on the site, I came here for my usual browsing
The important site to get to is here:

State of Alabama - Office of Governor Bob Riley
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:26 AM   #6
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I could not get on Free the Hops web page either but I did email our "fine" governor urging him to sign the bill into law. All I can do now is cross my fingers.
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To all my AL brewing kin....this is sweet, sweet victory. To finally get past the senate and onto Riley's desk is a win in itself. A lot of blood, sweat and tear went into this project over the years (of course you know that already) and I don't know about you guys, but I cracked a few cold ones to the news.....right after I contacted Riley's office. Receptionist didn't even have to ask what I was calling for, I just told her the bill and she took my info and hung up. He's getting plenty of calls on this.
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I sent the govna' an email and sent a mass email to friends urging them to email or call the governor. Free the Hops and your mind will follow.
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Not to distract from the good news, but is there a group for AL home brewers?
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On the FTH web site there is a Homebrewing forum. Depending on where in Alabama you live there are local groups. FTH is not pushing homebrew legalization and it is probably not until the container law is changed that they would take up the fight. I believe John Little in Auburn is taking up the cause.

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