Finally got to hear some (not all) of the details of today’s meeting. Unfortunately, I can’t publicly offer you much in the way of those details. In Harry’s words, things are “fluid” right now, and it could hurt the cause for me to disclose specifics at this time.
Generally, the meeting was long (around four hours) and there was some drama. There were hard copies of http://www.freethehops.org/ printed out and distributed at the meeting. Nothing was discussed other than the alcohol and container limits on beer. Free The Hops played a big role in that, and is poised to continue playing a big role moving forward.
Make no mistake. It is consumer interest in better beer that is driving this whole thing. And the most devout beer aficionados in Alabama are members of Free The Hops. The ones who aren’t members yet soon will be.
There was no vote today by the wholesalers. It is slated to be voted on in September, in about three weeks. More drama will unfold over the next few weeks that could shape the outcome of that vote.
I hope everyone reading this will mark these words: we, the members of Free The Hops, won’t rest until both the alcohol and container limits on beer in Alabama are lifted. We’re off to a strong start, and now there’s no stopping until we can buy Great Divide Old Ruffian Barleywine, Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Westmalle Dubbel, and Duchesse De Bourgogne here in Alabama. We’re not going to take “no” for an answer.