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Brewery Modernization Act passes Alabama State House

Free The Hops tulip glassBoth of Birmingham, AL’s microbreweries hope to soon enjoy the opportunity to serve their beer on their premises. The Brewery Modernization Act, supported by Free the Hops, passed the Alabama State House of Representatives earlier this evening in Montgomery.

If the State Senate concurs with the substitution made to the bill this evening during their session tomorrow, it will go to Governor Bentley’s desk in Montgomery for his signature.

It had been endorsed by the Alabama Brewers Guild, but also the Alabama Restaurants Association and the Alabama Hospitality Association.

The bill would allow for existing breweries to add tap rooms. It would also make it easier for brewpubs to open in the state, providing opportunities for additional jobs. As reported earlier this month in The Birmingham News, concessions were made to allow for passage that doesn’t necessarily sit well with all parties.

Both of the existing breweries in metro Birmingham, Good People Brewing Co. and Avondale Brewing Co., have the capabilities to be modified to allow for serving beer on their premises.

Cousin Cliff is gone

Mike Royer made the announcement at the beginning of last night’s 10 p.m. news broadcast on NBC 13 with The Birmingham News and edits to his BhamWiki entry following suit as the news began to spread across The Magic City – James Clifton “Cousin Cliff” Holman, Jr passed away early yesterday evening in Albertville, AL. Check out the BhamWiki entry or the special report filed by News reporter Bob Carlton in July to share your memories. You’ll also want to visit Birmingham Rewound for more history (and images) of a true legend.

Speaking of contests…

Wade on Birmingham is still giving away two (2) sets of passes to the 2nd annual Preserve Jazz Festival in Hoover, AL on June 1 – and you’ve only got until 12 p.m. TODAY to get over there and enter to win!

The festival brings together some of the biggest names in smooth jazz and gives you a great venue to enjoy it in! Go on over there…

Langford’s had a busy day…

Langford with school children. acnatta/Flickr

Mayor Langford speaks to students at Phillips Academy during Wachovia’s Way2Save event on April 22. acnatta/Flickr.

Larry Langford’s been a busy individual this morning. Here he’s seen talking to area school children during today’s Wachovia Way2Save event. Representatives from four area schools each received $2,000 for their scholarship funds at the event. The mayor spent most of the time he was at the event taking pictures with the children and answering questions about this morning’s approval of his proposal to pay for free bus rides in Birmingham beginning in May and running through August by the City Council.

According to the blog post made earlier today by The Birmingham News, the BJCTA board still needs to approve the proposal during their board meeting tomorrow.