Black and Brewed: American Wild Ales Brazenly Spread to the South

It’s tough to forget the first time you drank a sour ale.The beer’s acidity is likely to throw you for a lurch — acid is a taste so foreign to most people’s idea of beer that you’re more likely to wonder what it is than whether or not you like it.

But if it was made correctly, a sour beer’s flavors can form a transcendental culinary experience, introducing a whole new layer of flavors into an already complex beverage.

Brandon Jones, who is now a sour and wild ale consultant for Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company, hasn’t forgotten the first sour beer he drank.

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Message from the AHA



Supporters of Homebrew,

On Thursday, May 9, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed homebrew legalization bill HB9 into law, making Alabama the 50th state to legalize homebrewing.

Earlier this year on March 19, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a homebrew legalization bill that officially goes into effect July 1, 2013, at which time homebrewing will be legal in all 50 states for the first time since before Prohibition.

For the past five years the American Homebrewers Association, along with Alabama homebrew advocacy group Right To Brew, has been working towards homebrew legalization in their state.

“Homebrewing has been an integral part of the history of America, so it’s thrilling to know that soon, all 50 states will support this growing hobby and long-standing tradition,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “We appreciate the backing of all of the homebrewers, the dedicated grassroots efforts of Right to Brew and the legislators who have worked so diligently to make homebrewing a reality in Alabama. We are especially grateful to Representative Mac McCutcheon who introduced this bill and has fought long and hard for its passage, along with Senator Bill Holtzclaw.”

Post-Prohibition, homebrewing was not federally legal until President Jimmy Carter signed H.R. 1337 on October 14, 1978, which officially went into effect on February 1, 1979. Shortly after that bill was signed, the American Homebrewers Association was formed by Charlie Papazian and Charlie Matzen to promote and celebrate homebrewing. Since then, the AHA has taken a leading role in advocating for homebrew rights and supporting the legislative efforts of local homebrew communities.