Alabama ABC adjusts guidelines for taking names of beer buyers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) - The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board met Wednesday morning to discuss a proposal that would have required customers to leave personal information, including their birthdate and phone number, if they purchased to-go beer from local breweries.

The ABC decided to remove the portion that requires date of birth and phone number, but the board says Alabama state law still requires your name and address to be documented.

The provision for providing names and addresses was included in the recent "Growler Bill" that the Alabama legislature passed in June.

Many breweries and customers alike became concerned about the added requirements of a phone number and date of birth.

Carie Partain is Vice President of "Free the Hops", an organization that advocated strongly against consumers providing private information to buy to-go beer.  "I don't like giving out my personal information for more things than I have to give it out for, so to buy a beer should not be part of that 'need to know,' she told WHNT News 19 last month.

According to our news partners at, ABC Board Chairman Bubba Lee said the requirement is in the law for tax purposes.

Senator Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison) says he will try to amend the law next year so that the requirement doesn't apply to breweries when they sell to-go beer from their tap rooms.

Unless that eventually passes, be prepared to give your name and address each time you want to take home your favorite local brew.

Another requirement set into place by the legislature, is that one individual can only purchase 288 ounces of to-go alcohol per day. That breaks down to a case of beer, or four growlers, per person.