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Dave 05-23-2009 01:36 PM

Up until this past Friday, possession or sale of beer with an alcohol content >6% was illegal in Alabama. Governor Riley finally signed the recently passed bill which will allow malt beverages of up to 13.9% to be sold. This will bring many specialty brews to the state, and this is a great victory for beer connoisseurs.

Earlier, the governor signed another law which will allow wine to have up to 16.5% alcohol. Previously the limit was 14.9%.

I've never understood the logic for laws which limit alcohol levels. It's like the old "3.2" beer laws. They didn't prevent someone from getting drunk if that was their goal. They just drank more.

Now we will be able to enjoy more choices in beer and wine.

f-mattox 05-23-2009 02:02 PM

That 14.9% limit on wine must have eliminated a lot of fine ports and sherrys; aren't they usually in the 15% to 20% range?

Dave 05-23-2009 02:21 PM

Alabama - surprise - has a very complex liquor code. The new law is for "table" wines. Port and sherry are/were classified as "fortified" wines and were already legal but only for sale in package stores if I understand the law correctly. Thus some brands could not be sold in restaurants. With the new law I guess some ports and sherrys will now be in the same category as "table" wines and thus legal for consumption in restaurants.

Another bill that didn't pass proposed removing this silly "table" "fortified" nonsense.

drlivingston is very much more the wine connoisseur though (I am certainly not). Perhaps he can offer guidance and correction here.

f-mattox 05-23-2009 03:59 PM

Sounds very confusing; leave it to the bureaucrats! I like Harvey's Bristol Cream once in a while--it's 17.5%. Amazing the things you can find on Google!

Dave 05-23-2009 04:22 PM

I'm not a big sherry drinker, however I do like Harvey's Bristol Cream. It was the first one I tried and I liked it, so that is my brand.

poormom 05-23-2009 05:48 PM

I'm raising my glass and having a drink to your good health and retirement even as we speak

Dwayne 05-23-2009 06:50 PM

Congrats Dave!

I can't believe South Carolina actually beat Alabama to this. They finally changed ours in 2007. Hey, it hasn't been that long since we got rid of the stupid mini-bottle law.


penny3333 05-26-2009 11:15 AM

And they announced they're going to increase the tax on beer by $2

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