Free the Hops, a specialty beer advocacy group in Alabama, announced a boycott of Anheuser-Busch (A-B) products in the city of Birmingham and Jefferson County Alabama.
The group’s president, Stuart Carter, says the boycott is their response to the anti-craft beer lobbying efforts of Birmingham Budweiser lead by the distributor’s vice president, Pat Lynch.
Alabama is one of only three states in the US that limit beer to 6% alcohol by volume. It is the only state that limits beer containers to a size of no more than 1 US pint (16 ounces). According to Carter, Lynch has been a major opponent of local and state legislation which would raise the limit to 14.9% in order to accomodate the growth in high alcohol craft beers. Industrial lagers from big brewers like A-B are reliably under 6% ABV.