Most of you know by now that we the Alabama House didn’t make it to the second Special Order Calendar, and thus the Brewery Modernization Act never came up for a vote. Since the legislative session is now over, we’re dead this year. It came a long way for its first year, but in the end we just ran out of time for our final vote.

The Brewery Modernization Act is a no-nonsense bill that would have created jobs and made Alabama more competitive in a growing industry, all at no cost to the public purse. It’s disappointing that our legislators in Montgomery couldn’t even get to it, especially in the current economic climate.

Free the Hops will continue in the struggle. It takes time and is often frustrating, but we’ve already shown that we can bring common sense to Alabama’s beer laws.