Alabama’s microbrewers, brew pubs brewing new business

A beer revolution is brewing in Alabama.

A series of laws passed since 2009 has opened up Alabama to the world of high-alcohol specialty beers, neighborhood brew pubs and microbreweries.

It’s a big change in a Bible Belt state that still has dry counties and legally banned home beer brewing and wine making until this year.

Jason Wilson is president of the Alabama Brewers Guild. He says Alabama-brewed beer still accounts for only a tiny fraction of all the beer sold in the state.

But 20 different brewers now operate in Alabama, including four brew pubs, and total employment is estimated to be at least 250 people.

The Brewers Guild projects 40,000 barrels of beer will be brewed in Alabama this year compared with just 1,000 barrels in 2009.

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