There is some great news to report in the spread of good quality craft beer across these United States – it seems that just this past Friday Alabama governor, Bob Riley, signed bill #HB373 — the state’s “Gourmet Beer Bill” — into law. With the passing of this law, the good folks of Alabama can immediately begin drinking more than swill. For the very first time, Alabamians can now enjoy beer that has an Alcohol By Volume weight of greater than 6 percent (as the new bill raised the statewide limit to 13.9%).
Many congratulations and toasts go out to all of the people behind FreeTheHops.org: Alabamians for Specialty Beer who fought the good fight for four grueling years to get this bill to pass. The hops are finally free!