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A Senate Committee Passes Bill Concerning Beer

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Efforts to allow the sale of stronger
beer in Alabama are brewing again in the Legislature.
The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee voted without dissent
Wednesday for a bill that would allow the sale of beer with up to
13.9 percent alcohol by volume.
The president of Free the Hops, Stuart Carter of Birmingham,
says Alabama, Mississippi and West Virginia currently have the
nation's strictest limit on beer at 6 percent alcohol by volume.
All other states have a higher limit or no limit.
Carter says the legislation would permit the sales of many
gourmet beers that can't be offered in Alabama now because they
exceed the alcohol limit.
The Alabama House passed similar legislation last year, but it
died in the Senate without coming to a vote.
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