Alabama one step closer to legalizing homebrew
Alabama finally voted to legalize home brewing, and it wasn’t easy or over. The first battle was in the Alabama House.
First several Republicans tried to filibuster the bill. So much for the party of small government. Reps. DuWayne Bridges (R-Valley), Kurt Wallace (R-Maplesville), Richard Laird (R-Roanoke) and several others spoke for a “legendary” 10 minute filibuster. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. I guess it’s hard to come up with things to say when you really don’t have a solid argument.
Then the Republicans tried some very silly amendments to the bill in an attempt to sabotage it. They tried adding an age requirement making home brewing legal if you were over 60 years old. Then they tried adding a $100 license fee. That failed too, so they tried limiting the legal amount to 15 gallons and a felony if you brewed more. Despite their efforts, all the amendments were tabled.“Anything I can do to kill alcohol, I’m going to do.” said Rep. Richard Baughn (R-Lynn). “I was raised in a Christian home and I was taught that any form of alcohol is bad.” I guess he hasn’t read about what Jesus did to the water (John 2:1-11). At a minimum, someone should school him on what the separation of church and state means.
Baughn later added that this would lead to legalizing marijuana and home brewing 120 million barrels of beer a year per individual. One could hope, one could hope.
In the end, Alabama home brewers are one step closer avoiding arrest for brewing beer. The bill passed the House 44-33, and now moves to the Senate. Hopefully they are smart enough to pass it quickly.
And soon there will be one… (looking at you Mississippi, yeah you).
I live in Denver, Colorado. This blog is everything about beer, wine, cider, mead and other spirits.
I am a avid homebrewer and winemaker. I’ve been making my own beer and wine for many years. I started making beer when I was in college (mostly because the drinking age in the United States is 21). My first few beers were horrible. The beers are much better now, and I often supply my neighborhood with free beer! It is a great hobby!