Signed into law by the Governor, House Bill 176 incorporates the recommendations relating to beer from the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Study Commission which was created to study Alabama’s laws related to the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages and determine if they are competitive and consistent with related statutes across the United States. Specifically, the bill’s provisions would allow licensed brewers and brewpubs producing less than 60,000 barrels of beer yearly to directly sell up to 288 ounces (one case equivalent) per consumer per day for off-premise consumption (both draft and package beer); brewers and brewpubs would be allowed to deliver up to two donated kegs of beer per charitable or non-profit event; and language limiting the location of a brewpub licensee to a historic area would be repealed. The provisions of the bill will become effective on June 1.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association (BA). He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.See Pete Johnson's Articles