Breweries raise a glass to the new beer to go law

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- Now this is a story to raise a glass to!

Micro-breweries all across the state celebrated their patrons walking out their doors with a growler in hand.

The beer to go law went into effect Wednesday, and it's helping promote small businesses right in our communities.

"I think it's really good for both people who go to the breweries a lot and for the breweries themselves," said Straight to Ale patron, Erin Villanueva.

In Madison County alone there are nine breweries, serving out hoppy goodness, to patrons at the bar, and now those on the go.

This legislation was made possible in part by State Representative Anthony Daniels, the sponsor of the growler bill in the house.

"It's going to be great for turning around neighborhoods and you'll see more development following this movement,” said Daniels.

He also believes not only will this bring economic growth, but it'll help attract more people to the area.

"The tourism dollars that we're going to be able to recoup from this is going to be phenomenal," explained Daniels.

Wednesday local breweries were packed out with people finally getting to enjoy taproom specialties from where they please.

"It's 100% profit for the brewery, which means we can grow at a more rapid rate," said Yellowhammer Production Manager, Thomas Yack.

It's the perfect blend of quality drinks and social demand brewing up a recipe for success.

"I mean it's small business growing. It's perfect for this area," said Yack.