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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Kudos, or perhaps, cheers to the Alabama Legislature for passing HB9, the home brewing bill.

Legalized home brewing may not be up there with education reform or prison funding, but it was overdue. 

Home brewing was legalized nationally under the Carter administration… 1978, and every state in the union had made it legal, except for Alabama… and Mississippi.

Mississippi passed its bill on April 1st, but it won't be law there until July 1st , so, at least on a technicality, we beat Mississippi.

When Governor Bentley signed HB9 into law on Thursday, home brewing immediately ceased to be a felony in Alabama.  That's right, a felony.

This legislation has been introduced in Alabama since 2009.  It's interesting that just 2 years ago this bill was given the Shroud Award, as the deadest bill of the session.  This year it passed without a hitch and our governor, although a tee-totaler himself, signed it, seemingly, without reservation.

Congratulations to the thousands of Alabamians who, up to now, have been living in the shadows, feloniously  making their own beer, wine, mead and cider behind closed doors.    You may now  brew legally.

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