Alabama and Whiskey: 100 years in the making

Nov 4, 2015

Alabama is predominantly known by three things.  Barbecue, football, and history.  But one father and son duo are looking to add something else to that list.  APR’s MacKenzie Bates took a trip to the John Emerald Distillery in Opelika where history is being made, one barrel at a time.

It’s a quiet afternoon in the back room at the John Emerald Distillery.  There are several large tanks filled with ingredients to make alcohol.   Jimmy Sharp is making a batch of rum with a local flavor to it.

Officials say closures of state parks are among the potential impacts of proposed budget cuts to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Department leaders and others met at Oak Mountain State Park today.  State Parks Director Greg Lein says additional cuts could be devastating and officials want lawmakers to preserve the department's funding. Lein says the parks system's emergency and reserve funds are depleted.

People who sell alcohol and those who drink it are expected at two public hearings today.

The Alabama Alcohol Beverages Study Commission will convene today in Huntsville and Hoover.

Gadsden City leaders have set 6 a.m. as the time when alcoholic beverages may begin to be sold on Sundays.

The Gadsden Times reports city council unanimously approved the start time during a meeting on Tuesday. Gadsden voters approved of Sunday sales in an Aug. 26 referendum. The newspaper reports that city ordinances prevent alcohol sales between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on other days of the week.

by Brett Tannehill

A judge in Blount County is being asked to rule on a 2009 state law which had led to alcohol sales being allowed in several dozen Alabama towns. The communities that could be affected by the ruling are in "dry" counties around the state.

Some attorneys suggest that if the judge rules the law unconstitutional, then those small "wet" towns across the state could dry up.

Alex Smith, an attorney for the city of Oneonta, says a ruling that the law is unconstitutional has the potential for creating "judicial and legislative chaos."

Beer Firm: State OKs Brew With Controversial Name

Jul 31, 2012
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A beer distributor says Alabama's alcohol board has reversed an earlier decision to ban a beer over its name, and will now allow it to be sold in the state.

The Birmingham Beverage Co. said in a statement that Alabama's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will allow the sale of Dirty Bastard Beer.

State officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the decision.