After months of negotiations, the Montgomery Brewpub location has been sold. The new owners are interested in re-opening the brewpub, but they are hesitant due to the legal restrictions that would be placed on their license.
He said whether the plans would include a brewery and pub likely will be determined by whether area supporters of a brew pub can get Alabama’s law changed so that a historic brewery does not also have to have a restaurant and so that beer brewed there could be sold outside the pub, such as at local businesses.
So Alabama currently has zero operating brewpubs (a brewery that can legally sell its beer on-location), despite an expanding brewing industry. All of the new and growing breweries currently in Alabama have decided to avoid the “brewpub” license like the plague due to it’s outright ban on distribution outside of the brewery and other requirements.
It’s time for a change. It’s time for the Brewery Modernization Act.