19 October

What are “congruent, competitive, and consistent” beer laws?

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What are “congruent, competitive, and consistent” beer laws?

When the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Study Commission was formed under Act 2015-144, the stated goal was to “determine if Alabama’s alcoholic beverage laws related to the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages are congruent, competitive, and consistent” with laws across the United States. So what is congruent, competitive, and consistent in the United States? […]

1 October

Deep Ellum Brewery of Texas sues over off-premise sales

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Deep Ellum Brewery of Texas sues over off-premise sales

Dallas-based Deep Ellum Brewery has filed a federal lawsuit against the Texas ABC claiming that the state’s alcohol laws unconstitutionally discriminate against certain alcohol manufacturers. Matthew McLaughlin gives a good summary, but the gist is that while brewpubs, distilleries, and wineries in Texas have the ability to sell alcohol direct-to-consumers, other alcohol manufacturers such as Deep Ellum do […]

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 […]

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 […]