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Brews & Views Bulletin Board Service * Brews and Views Archive 2011 * Archive through July 05, 2011 * Thanks to SN . . Tennessee High-Alcohol Beer Bill to Become Law < Previous Next >

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dhacker
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Username: Dhacker

Post Number: 2325
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 74.226.94.93
Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 12:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Steve Jones brought this to my attention and I've followed it as it got pushed through. It was given final approval by the House on Saturday and sent to the governor for his signature.

http://www.fledglingbrewer.com/nashville-beer-scene/high-alcohol-beer-bill-sb122 4-passes-tn-senate/
 

Tom Meier
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Username: Brewdawg96

Post Number: 1010
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 75.76.105.94
Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 01:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Your subject line is misleading.. Yes the law is in response to SN's interest in opening a brewery..

But they damn near created a monopoly for themselves and shut out any new breweries from selling high alcohol (6%+) beer! The state legislators promised to work that deal to their extreme favor to land the brewery in TN.

Once the TN beer community got a hold of that nugget it blew up in their collective faces and now they claim plausible deniability but WE know the truth.

It worked out great in the end, but it was damn near a catastrophy because of SN!!
 

dhacker
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Username: Dhacker

Post Number: 2326
Registered: 11-2002
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Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 01:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oh, I know . .

Steve sent me the private email last week (which you may have received) detailing the potential disaster as the bill was then written. As you say, thankfully, the outcry from myriad brewers and beer lovers saved the day. But had SN not been interested in locating here, TN would still be in the dark ages as far as beer laws. So I guess I'm grateful they woke the beast.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 12972
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.150.49.181
Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 01:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It's a little unclear. Is the current limit for beer 6 percent by weight (7.5 ABV)? And is the purpose of this so SN could brew Bigfoot in Tennessee?

(Message edited by BillPierce on May 24, 2011)
 

dhacker
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Username: Dhacker

Post Number: 2327
Registered: 11-2002
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Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 01:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Not sure about Bigfoot, but I would assume, yes.

Current TN Law limits non package store sales of "Beer" to 5% by weight.
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 4161
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 76.122.104.54
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 12:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

SN said they had several high gravity beers that couldn't be brewed without the change. But 5% is really low. Oh but that's weight and not volume.