Alabama beefs up its beer

The beer battle that had been brewing in the Alabama state legislature is over. Pro-choice forces won.

Gov. Bob Riley on Friday signed into law a bill that immediately raises the permissible alcohol limit on beer from 6 to 13.9% by volume. The bill, introduced by Rep. Thomas Jackson, D-Thomasville, won legislative approval last week.
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The new regulation will allow a much wider selection of beers to be sold in stores, restaurants and taverns. However, that should take a few weeks because brewers will have to get distributors lined up and register with the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board before beginning sales.

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