Friday, February 19, 2010

Thanks Alabama ABC: Lazy Magnolia is legal in Alabama

The folks at Lazy Magnolia Brewery were quick to get back to us on the legality of their beer in Alabama. According to their marketing rep, Matt McKiernan, the law we quoted would normally bar Mississippi-brewed beer from being sold in Alabama except for six words: "... in the opinion of the board ..." That line apparently gives Alabama's ABC Board discretion over what beer is and isn't barred from being sold here. 

Whew. We're certainly relieved. Lazy Magnolia's Southern Pecan would definitely be missed. Now how about getting us some of that Gulf Porter? =)

To read the note we received from Lazy Magnolia continue reading.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ever wanted to own a brewery?

Who hasn't, right? So what's stopping you? Not enough money? No time to spend on such a venture? Lack of business skill? What if we told you there was a unique investment opportunity that would get you a part of an established, multinational beer brand?

How much would you expect the required minimum investment to be? $100,000? $500,000? Would you believe you could buy a piece of the Pabst Brewing Co. for as little as $5? Through the wonders of crowdsourcing, your $5 could buy you a small piece of the company that owns brands like PBR, Colt 45 and Stroh's.

The "Buy a Beer Company" crowdsourcing effort is still about $96 million shy of the $300 million asking price, but every pledge counts. We're in for $25, which gets us a Six-Pack Membership. Come on, don't you want to own a beer company with us?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Is Mississippi beer illegal in Alabama?

Well, maybe. As I was poking through the Code of Alabama, I came across this law...
Section 28-3-13
Sale within state of alcoholic liquors or beverages manufactured within states discriminating against alcoholic liquors or beverages manufactured, etc., in this state.
No alcoholic liquors or beverages of any kind shall be sold in this state which are manufactured in any state which by its laws or, in the opinion of the board, by its practices, discriminates with respect to the sale within such state against alcoholic liquors or beverages manufactured, distributed or sold at wholesale in Alabama. 
Mississippi restricts the sale of beer within its borders to a maximum 5% alcohol by weight which means most Good People beer is prohibited there. I'm no lawyer (I don't even play one on TV), but to me that sounds like Lazy Magnolia's Reb Ale and Southern Pecan are illegal in the State of Alabama. Then again, I also came across a law that said no one under the age of 16 could play billiards in Alabama.

Any Beermigham readers out there have some legal training they'd like to share with us?

Monday, February 15, 2010

What we were drinking tonight: Yazoo Hop Project No. 25

Two years ago at the Magic City Brewfest, there were whispers that Yazoo Brewing Co. had something special "behind the counter" at its tent. It was true.
While they served Dos Perros and Pale Ale to the general public, there was a separate cooler behind the servers, full of a mythical beer available only to those knowledgeable to ask for it. I got a small sip of it after the volunteers were freed from the no drinking policy. It was amazingly hoppy and I wished there were more to sample. I was told it was Yazoo's Hop Project, but I'm not sure what number it was.
Now, Yazoo is up to No. 26, bottled just a few days ago.
Tonight, we sampled a Yazoo Hop Project No. 25, bottled the last week of December. Honestly, we can't give this beer an honest review, since it followed a couple of margaritas, a good share of Good People IPA and at least two Sierra Nevada Pale Ales. Hey, it was a friend's birthday.
Anyway, we had one. It was tasty and hoppy and had some serious citrus overtones. Can't recommend for or against it, but I hope to try one again soon without the influence of other brews.