Beer and wine could soon be delivered to Alabama doorsteps

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A new bill before Alabama legislators could make it legal for you to order wine and craft beer directly to your door.

Senate Bill 271 would let you order wine and craft beer directly to your door…

Katherine Subirats said, “I think it’s a great idea. I drink a lot of wine, so I would love to have it shipped to my house.” 

Alabama is one of only a handful of states currently not allowing wine or beer deliveries. If lawmakers vote to change that there will still be some rules. In order to qualify for SB271, breweries must be licensed in the state and produce less than 1,500 barrels of beer a year. Wineries must be licensed in the state and produce less than 24,000 gallons of table wine each year. 

We spoke to a man who says he found out he could not get wine sent to him the hard way. James West said, “I was at a winery in California and they informed us. I looked into having some shipped to my house and they informed me that, that was not possible in the state of Alabama.”

While it’s certainly convenient to get delivery service, West says it could also be more cost-effective. He said, “If I could have something shipped to the house and get it at a better price, or a better quality product, yeah, I’d have it shipped to myself.”

There are a couple of rules on the ordering side as well. For beer and wine, each household is limited to 24 cases each year. Delivery to dry counties or cities will remain prohibited.

The bill is now headed to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.

READ THE FULL BILL TEXT HERE.

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