Alabama finally passes Homebrew Law
The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) is pleased to announce the
Alabama legislature has passed a bill that, once signed by Governor Robert
J. Bentley, will effectively legalize homebrewing throughout the state.
Alabama will be the last state in the nation to legalize homebrewing.
"Homebrewing has been an integral part of the history of America, so it's
thrilling to know that soon all 50 states will support this growing hobby and
long-standing tradition," said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers
Association. "We appreciate the backing of all of the homebrewers, the dedicated
grassroots efforts of Right to Brew and the legislators who have worked so
diligently to make homebrewing a reality in Alabama. We are especially grateful
to Representative Mac McCutcheon who introduced this bill and has fought long
and hard for its passage, along with Senator Bill Holtzclaw."
Alabama is the last state holding out against legalizing homebrewing. In March
2013, Mississippi became the 49th state to pass homebrew legislation. The AHA
has been working with Right to Brew for five years in order to get the Alabama
Homebrewing became federally legal in 1979, though the 21st Amendment
predominantly leaves regulation of alcohol to the states. Therefore, even though
homebrewing is federally legal, it is up to individual states to legalize
homebrewing in state codes. Once the Alabama bill is signed by Gov. Bentley, it
will be the first time since pre-Prohibition days that homebrewers in all the
states can legally brew at home.
The hobby of homebrewing has seen exponential growth in recent years. The AHA
estimates that more than one million Americans brew beer or make wine at home at
least once a year. Alabama is home to an estimated 5,000 homebrewers who will
soon enjoy brewing without the restrictions of a state-wide ban.