Alabama Beer

Today in 1819, Alabama became the 22nd state.


Alabama Breweries

Alabama Brewery Guides

Guild: Alabama Brewers Guild

State Agency: Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board


  • Capital: Montgomery
  • Largest Cities: Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa
  • Population: 4,447,100; 23rd
  • Area: 52,423 sq.mi., 30th
  • Nickname: Yellowhammer State
  • Statehood: 22nd, December 14, 1819


  • Alcohol Legalized: March 22, 1937
  • Number of Breweries: 6
  • Rank: 43rd
  • Beer Production: 3,459,772
  • Production Rank: 23rd
  • Beer Per Capita: 23 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 35.2%
  • Cans: 61.61%
  • Kegs: 3.6%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $1.05
  • Per Case: $2.37
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $32.65
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $32.65

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $4,057,400
  • Direct Impact: $685,281,037
  • Supplier Impact: $239,545,560
  • Induced Economic Impact: $417,394,346
  • Total Impact: $1,342,220,943

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: No later than 2 a.m. on Sundays in some counties.
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: 13.9% ABV cap on beer

    Beer containers may not exceed 16 ounces (0.47 l)

    ABV > 14.9% wine sold in state stores

    Alcohol may be served 24 hours unless restricted by local ordinances. Twenty-six of Alabama’s 67 counties do not allow the sale of alcohol. However, possession and consumption remains legal within those twenty-six counties. Cities with populations greater than 1000 within dry counties can “go wet” if passed by 50% of voters.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.


  1. says

    Current breweries with existing facilities in the state only include:
    Avondale Brewing
    Back Forty Beer Co.
    Blue Pants Brewery
    Good People Brewing
    Straight to Ale
    Yellowhammer Brewery

    Breweries in planning that I’m familiar with include:
    Chattahoochee Brewing
    Southern Farmhouse Ales
    Old Black Bear Brewing
    Crazy Dane Brewing
    And you left off the newest one in planning: Cahaba Brewing, which has a building and equipment and is working on getting everything installed.

    Emerald Coast Beer Company contract brews in Florida and has no plans to open a facility in Alabama, to the best of my knowledge.

    And I don’t know anything about these folks: Folklore Brewing and Meadery. They are perhaps in planning, but I’m almost positive they don’t currently sell product.

    The Olde Auburn Ale House stopped brewing a year or so ago.

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