15 July

6 signs that Alabama puts its small business breweries at a competitive disadvantage

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6 signs that Alabama puts its small business breweries at a competitive disadvantage

We are excited that tomorrow in Mobile will be the first public hearing of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Study Commission, and today is a good time to take a step back and think about where our local brewery laws are. Alabama policy-makers have a stated goal of growing the economy and jobs, with a particular […]

13 July

The case for a single craft brewer license

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The case for a single craft brewer license

Alabama currently has two licenses for beer producers. The general manufacturer license is a basic license for all alcohol manufacturers, including distillers, winemakers, and brewers. In 1992, however, the state legislature also created a new brewpub license in response to the burgeoning microbrewery movement. The Manufacturer License was not designed for small craft breweries None […]

8 July

38 states allow brewery self-distribution, but not Alabama

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38 states allow brewery self-distribution, but not Alabama

To someone unfamiliar with three-tier system practices throughout the United States, self-distribution may seem like a far-fetched idea destined to destroy the framework of alcohol regulation. It’s not. Self-distribution is an extremely common practice, particularly for small start-up breweries. As shown in our proposal document to the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Study Commission, nearly three-quarters of […]

6 July

5 Facts about Brewery Direct and Retail Sales Laws

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5 Facts about Brewery Direct and Retail Sales Laws

Brewery and beer laws throughout the United States are not consistent, so a list like this comes with many caveats. However, here are some broad facts about the brewery laws throughout the United States, as they related to direct sales and retail sales. These statements were compiled based on an analysis of our proposals for […]