Yes, there in Alabama but they want what we just fought for: More craft beer choices!

Free The Hops invites those in the Birmingham area to join in boycotting Budweiser products distributed by Birmingham Budweiser. FTH has called this boycott because of underhanded tactics of Birmingham Budweiser and its leadership in opposing local legislation which would legalize gourmet beer in Jefferson County.

Members of FTH will no longer purchase or consume any Budweiser products in Jefferson County and we urge all of our non-member supporters to do the same.

For more details about the boycott, please see FTH’s official press release and the news coverage below.

January 22, 2008
Alabama Craft Beer Group Calls for Birmingham Boycott of Anheuser-Busch Products, FTH Press Release

January 22, 2008
Boycott Coverage on ABC 33/40, ABC 33/40, Birmingham

Thanks for making the Magic City Brewfest a Success!

The first annual Magic City Brewfest, held on Saturday, June 2nd at Sloss Furnaces, was a huge success. Free The Hops would like to thank everyone involved: the organizers, volunteers, sponsoring restaurants and brewers, the bands, event staff, anyone else who helped out that we’ve left off, and of course, everyone who attended. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. And we hope you’ll be part of the 2nd Annual Magic City Brewfest when the time comes. For more details about this year’s event, see Danner’s blog post about it: Wow. Just… wow.

A new tradition of beer culture in Alabama has begun.

Help us Free The Hops!

Alabama is one of only three states in the country that limits alcohol by volume (ABV) for beer to only 6%, and the only state that limits beer containers to a size of no more than 1 pint (16 American ounces).

As statewide Prohibition came to end in Alabama, the only politically viable avenue open to those who wanted the sale of alcohol to once again be legal in the state was to place heavy restrictions on that sale. What, when, where, and how alcohol could be sold were all strictly controlled by the legislation which legalized alcohol sales in Alabama—four years after National Prohibition was repealed.

Many states placed similar restrictions on alcohol immediately after Prohibition was repealed. Yet while the rest of the country has progressed beyond the attitude of Prohibition, Alabama retains artificial and antiquated limits on the sale of beer. This limits consumer choice; stifles the state’s beer, retail and restaurant businesses; and limits state tax revenue as thousands of Alabamians purchase their specialty beer in neighboring states.

Let’s join the rest of the country and Free The Hops!