Who are homebrewers?
Homebrewers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but according to the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), the typical demographic is someone who is well educated and has a job in a technical or professional field. Homebrewers tend to be married and fit in the middle to upper-middle class income range.
Why do Alabamians homebrew?
Homebrewing beer is much like preparing a gourmet meal in that it is a combination of creative artistry and scientific technology. Homebrewers strive to refine their processes to improve their beer, just like barbecue pitmasters tweak their recipes to create something wonderful. As in all creative hobbies, homebrewing is as much about enjoying the effort as it is about completing a finished product.
Is homebrewing dangerous?
Homebrewing is as safe as cooking a family meal in the kitchen. The process involves a boiling pot like when cooking spaghetti, and then letting yeast work like when making bread. There are no high pressures or flammable liquids involved (homebrewing is not distilling!). Additionally, no pathogens can grow in beer, so there is no risk of food poisoning; the same cannot be said for most foods prepared in the home!
What about the rest of the country?
Homebrewing has had a rich history in the United States, both prior to Prohibition and following its Repeal. In 1978, the U.S. legalized homebrewing on the federal level, and since then, every state except Alabama and Mississippi have passed statutes allowing brewing at home for personal use. Utah legalized homebrewing three years ago, and Oklahoma followed suit a year later, bringing the total number of states in which homebrewing is legal to 48. Today, homebrewing is very popular across the country. In fact, a White House chef made a homebrewed batch of White House Honey Ale, which the President served to his guest at his Super Bowl party last year. Another batch of White House homebrew was recently served to a Marine Medal of Honor recipient when he met with the President on the Oval Office patio before the ceremony.
How many homebrewers are there?
The AHA estimates 750,000 Americans are homebrewers, with at least 5000 of them living in Alabama.
Will legalizing homebrewing increase illegal drinking?
The Alabama Homebrewing Bill expressly excludes anyone younger than 21, and anyone in a Dry county or city, from being allowed to produce homebrewed beer. Furthermore, homebrewers are familiar with the science of beer, and therefore understand the effects of alcohol and their personal limits better than the average person. The fact is that thousands of Alabamians are already homebrewing hobbyists today, and are widely regarded as among the most responsible of all beer and wine consumers.