MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed legislation into law Thursday to allow people to make beer and wine at home starting immediately, making the state the last to act to legalize the hobby.
Bentley spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis said the governor, who doesn't drink alcohol, had no comment on the new law.
The Legislature passed the bill Tuesday after five years of grassroots lobbying by home brewers to get their hobby out of the shadows.
"It's a glorious day because for the first time since Prohibition, all 50 states will allow hobbyist home brewing," said Brant Warren of Huntsville, a member of the Right to Brew organization.
The American Homebrewers Association estimates there are 1 million home brewers nationwide, with about 5,000 of them in Alabama. Alabama and Mississippi had been the last states to ban home brewing, but Mississippi passed a law in March.
Officials noted that Mississippi's law has a 90-day delay before it takes effect, which means Alabama's law actually goes into effect first.
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