Alabama governor approves stronger beer

Published: May. 22, 2009 at 7:13 PM CDT|Updated: May. 22, 2009 at 7:15 PM CDT
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Associated Press - May 22, 2009 11:14 AM ET

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama has a new law allowing stronger beer to be sold in the state.

A spokesman for Gov. Bob Riley says he signed legislation Friday that immediately raises the alcohol limit on beer from 6% to 13.9% by volume. The Legislature approved the higher limit last week.

Alabama had the nation's lowest alcohol limit on beer, and the new law allows specialty and imported beers to be purchased in the state.

Riley's signature on the beer bill came one week after he signed legislation allowing the sale of stronger table wine in Alabama.

The beer bill was pushed by a grassroots group called Free the Hops. Its president, Stuart Carter of Birmingham, says he's shellshocked that four years of work to raise the limit has finally paid off.

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