Beer Advocacy Group Hopes Changes are Brewing

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A beer advocacy group that helped bring higher-alcohol craft brews to Alabama is now looking to loosen restrictions on breweries and brewpubs.

The Free the Hops group is pressing lawmakers to support the Brewery Modernization Act that would lift some restrictions that make it difficult for businesses to open and operate breweries.

Group lobbyist Dan Roberts said the tight restrictions have forced some brewpubs in Birmingham, Mobile and Auburn to close. He said the state is "severely limiting the growth of an industry that is finding success and creating jobs in other states."

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