28 Oct 2015

How North Carolina attracted hundreds of millions in investment from craft beer

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How North Carolina attracted hundreds of millions in investment from craft beer

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Study Commission will soon be visiting North Carolina as a state that has “responsible and progressive” laws related to the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages. We are very pleased that this state was selected as it is perhaps the best state in the south for a friendly craft beer environment. […]

19 Oct 2015

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 Oct 2015

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 Jul 2015

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 […]