Alabama House passes bill to allow home-brewing
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House has passed a bill that would allow Alabama residents to brew limited amounts of beer and wine at home.
The House voted 44-33 to pass the bill by Republican Rep. Mac McCutcheon after more than five hours of debate. Supporters argued that Alabama is one of only two states that don't allow home brewing.
McCutcheon said many people like to make their own beer and wine as a hobby.
The bill now goes to the Senate for debate.
Opponents argued that legalizing home brewing would encourage the expanded use of alcoholic beverages in Alabama. One outspoken opponent, Republican Rep. DuWayne Bridges of Valley said it would be a bad influence on children in the homes where the homebrew was being made.