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FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2007

Alabama beer bill goes flat, wins award

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Rep. Thomas Jackson’s legislation to allow stronger beers to be sold in Alabama went so flat that the Alabama House gave him its annual Shroud Award on Thursday night for having this year’s deadest legislation.

The award — a real burial shroud — is a House tradition on the closing night of a legislative session, and previous winners of the tongue-in-cheek honor pick the new recipient.

At the urging of the Free the Hops organization, Jackson, D-Thomasville, pushed a bill that would allow the sale of specialty beers that have higher alcohol levels than are allowed now in the state. The bill died quickly in the House, prompting the House to single out Jackson’s efforts.

A resolution passed by the House said that when Jackson’s bill “came to a head, gourmet guzzlers, good ole boy sluggers, high-level staffers, and dedicated bottle cappers all wondered what was truly on tap.”

What was on tap in the House was “less than friendly toasts” that blocked Jackson’s bill.

“Cheers were not needed. The stein strategy of the Jackson Brewery was coldly mugged. Forget Free the Hops, somebody call the cops,” the resolution said.

Jackson accepted the award with a big grin, but he told his colleagues that he’s got a new batch of legislation brewing.

“I’ll be back next year,” he said.

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