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.