There is a special status about Bama that most folks are not aware of. We are the only state in America....that prohibits residents from brewing their own beer. You can go and buy the kits up in Tennessee or over in Mississippi, and sit quitely in your Bama den while you brew, but it's illegal. And you can't really say alot in public about your brewing.....because some local deputy just might get frisky and haul you in for illegal brewing.
Why? Mostly because of the religious nature of most Bama folks. We'd like to ensure everyone's safety, sanity, and innocence. We'd feel better if everyone just drunk spring water, buttermilk, and ice tea.
We've been this way for a fairly long time....probably even before the Indians came to Bama. Well...to be honest, since the early part of the 1900s.
There are some numbers out there....from various groups...to indicate at least a thousand folks in Bama are privately brewing in their garage or in the house. It might even go as high as ten thousand folks. The truth is.....we just don't know. And maybe it's a good thing that we don't know (it might be fifty thousand Bama folks).
Currently, there's another bill going through the Bama legislature, and bound for the Bama senate. It might pass (remember, it's mostly Republicans in the Bama senate).
The general writing of the bill limits Bama folks from making more than sixty gallons a beer a year.....with limits per each quarter. How they came to these limits....only God knows. To be honest, five gallons of beer a month is probably enough for most guys, unless they were going to share a good bit with their friends or relatives. My hunch is that half of all Bama guys interested in brewing.....would easily go past the sixty gallons a year, and might even go higher than a hundred gallons a year.
The one catch to this whole bill thing? Well....if the county is dry.....we just can't let you brew in that county. Fair is fair.....you can't overcome a counties dry nature.
My humble prediction? Once it passes....a blitz on brewing will occur with a bunch of guys buying the kits and starting their own process. Some guys will start to throw in cherries, or pears....to sweeten up the taste. Some guys will go overboard to brew up six-percent alcohol beer. They will start to meet up and compare brews. Even Bama ladies might start brewing, and put some real competition into the business.
While all of this going on.....ministers will be sitting there and praying over our mortal sins, and trying hard to bring us back to the flock. Brewing will be an topic on the mind of ministers as they write up their Sunday sermons.
In essence, the floodgates are about to open, and we will join forty-nine other states, finally.