Thursday, May 16, 2013

Right To Brew!

The Alabama State Motto,
"We Dare Defend Our Rights,"
now includes the Right to Brew!
The tragic downside, unfortunately,
of the new Alabama law will be the
spike in emergency room visits by
homebrewers suffering from snake bite
wounds while trying to milk venom for an
adjunct ingredient in their clone recipe
batches of Snake Handler Double IPA.

We really have it made here in the Umpqua Valley and on Planet Beer. For decades Oregonians and citizens of most other states have been free to make their own beer at home, unlike the dry brew kettle residents of the great state of Alabama. Finally, though, folks in the Cotton State have dared to defend their right to brew, now that their legislature has passed a law making Alabama the last state in the nation to legalize homebrewing.
Welcome to the 20th and 21st centuries Bama!

  • Year homebrewing became legal on federal level: 1979
  • States late to the right to homebrew party: Utah (2009); Oklahoma (2010); Mississippi (March 2013); and last, but better late than never, Alabama (May 2013)
  • Estimated number of amateur beer or wine makers: one million
  • Gallons of beer per year allowed to be brewed per person in Oregon: One hundred gallons in a household having one person who is 21 years of age or older; or two hundred gallons in a household having two or more persons who are 21 years of age or older.
Info from American Homebrewers Association

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