Birmingham Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Magic City

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Less than fifteen years after the birth of Birmingham, its brewing history began, and soon saloons dotted nearly every corner. Prohibition, however, decimated the brewing scene for eighty-five years. Although national Prohibition began in 1920, Jefferson County voted to go dry in 1907. Alabama beer saw a brief resurgence after the Brewpub Act of 1992, as craft beer's popularity grew nationwide. But the brewpubs and breweries that emerged struggled against the state's restrictive laws, which included such stipulations as locating brewpubs in historic districts and limiting beer bottle sizes to sixteen ounces. By the time grass-roots lobbying organization Free the Hops formed in 2004 to fight those restrictive laws, every Birmingham brewery had closed. Join author Carla Jean Whitley as she uncovers the struggle to make local beer a Birmingham staple.
ISBN: 9781626194564
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Alabama
Series: American Palate
Images: 53
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Carla Jean Whitley is a writer, editor and teacher based in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is a features reporter for Alabama Media Group. Carla Jean, a craft beer enthusiast, has been a part of the women's craft beer education group Hops for Honeys since 2010. She volunteers with literacy organizations and teaches journalism at the University of Alabama and Samford University.
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