If you read the title of this blog post, then you realize that we as beer-loving Americans have a real reason to celebrate tonight. Not only is it Friday, the second best day of the week (after Saturday, of course, and also depending on your work schedule), but as of last week, homebrewing is officially legal in each of our beautiful states.
On May 9, Alabama governor Robert Bentley signed House Bill 9, legislation that legalized homebrewing in Alabama, the very last state to do so.
After five years of lobbying by Alabama homebrew advocates, the bill was passed with a vote of 18 – 7 – 1. According to Right to Brew, an advocacy group in Alabama, all hope seemed lost until on Tuesday, May 7, the bill was brought up unexpectedly and passed without a word of debate.
“The bill allows 15 gallons to be produced every three months,” says Republican representative Mac McCutcheon, the official responsible for introducing the bill. “And there shall be no more than an aggregate amount of 15 gallons of beer, mead, cider, and wine stored in the home.”
The bill also forbids brewers from selling their beer, and declares that all beers must be under the 14% ABV mark. You can read the bill in its entirety here.
Alabama was one of four stalwart states, resistant to this harmless hobby, including Mississippi, where a homebrew bill was passed in March, Oklahoma in 2010, and Utah in 2009. But that’s all over now, and we couldn’t be happier. I personally applaud those who lobbied for these changes, and I couldn’t be happier for each and every brewing enthusiast who can now fearlessly enjoy their hoppy hobby.
Congratulations, Alabama. Welcome to the party.