The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) has recently submitted eight proposed changes to rules and regulations, and one of these possible changes has craft beer fans up in arms about privacy concerns.
When Alabama lawmakers legalized off-premise sales of craft beer (growlers & packaged beer) directly from the state’s breweries and brewpubs last session, there was a stipulation within the law that limited these purchases to 288 ounces a day per consumer. The act of enforcing this limit falls on the Alabama ABC Board and they have proposed a regulation change to aid them in achieving this task. The problem here is centered around privacy concerns from the craft beer community as the possible change calls for breweries and brewpubs to collect the following data from the purchaser during each off-premise transaction:
- Telephone Number
- Date of Birth
Free the Hops, a grassroots, non-profit organization whose mission is to help bring the highest quality beers in the world to Alabama, has voiced their opinion on their blog (click here to read) and they are highly concerned that “this rule would essentially empower the ABC Board to come to an individual’s house to confirm his or her purchase of a six pack of beer.” The Alabama Brewers Guild has also addressed this issue on their blog (click here to read). Although the Brewers Guild recognizes that the ABC has a job to do, they also believe “there are less invasive ways to ensure compliance.”
If you are concerned about this new proposal, Free the Hops has provided information on how you can help. Let your voice and opposition to this regulation change be heard by the ABC Board by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or letter to the following address:
Alabama ABC Board
2715 Gunter Park Drive West
Montgomery, Alabama 36109
All correspondence concerning this issue must be received by the ABC before September 7th, 2016. Let your voice be heard and keep fighting the good fight, Alabama. Prost!