The bill has passed the House and now heads to the Senate.
Sen. Andrew Jones (R-Centre) filed a bill that would allow you to order craft beer or wine and have it delivered to your residence. There are however restrictions that may prevent you from getting your favorite beer or wine on your doorstep.
The bill, SB 271, will only allow direct shipments to Alabama residents if the brewery or winery meets the following requirements:
- A brewery that is licensed in the state and produces less than 1,500 barrels of beer per year.
- A winery that is licensed in the state and produces less than 24,000 gallons of table wine per year.
If the requirements are met, the following limits are placed:
- If you are ordering craft beers, each household is allowed 24 cases per year and each case must not exceed 288 ounces.
- If you are ordering wine, each household is limited to 24 cases and each case must not exceed 9 liters.
- Delivery to dry counties or cities is prohibited.
If a brewery or winery meets the requirements they will be required to pay a filing fee of $100 and an annual renewal fee of $50. It also makes it a Class C misdemeanor for those who do ship into the state without a license.
According to WineSpectator.com, only 7 states in the United States currently ban direct wine shipments, including Alabama.