About Us

History of Free The Hops

Free The Hops | Alabamians For Specialty Beer (FTH) is a grassroots, non-profit organization whose mission is to help bring the highest quality beers in the world to Alabama. We are motivated by a desire to have the same variety of choice when purchasing beer that Alabama citizens already enjoy when purchasing wine.

Started in 2004 by Alabamians with no ties to any alcoholic beverage business, FTH was incorporated later that year and registered as an official 501(c)(6) non-profit in 2007. (Membership fees and donations given to Free the Hops are not tax deductible.) None of our members make any money off the grassroots effort.

Who We Are

We are an Alabama incorporated nonprofit comprised solely of volunteers who, like you, enjoy the world's wide selection of beer styles. We are a diverse group composed of writers, architects, IT professionals, and many others.

We have over 596 paid and active members and over 4600 subscribers to our newsletter, plus over 8200 people following our Twitter feed. Free The Hops has an active membership of over 600 members and growing! Our newsletter subscribers, Instagram followers, Facebook followers, and Twitter feeds have a reach nearing 10,000 followers!

The people listed below are the current, official representative of Free The Hops. Please note that other members may also have a freethehops.org email address; this is a privilege we extend to certain supporting members or previous officers. Communications from people other than officers are to be regarded as personal opinions rather than representing Free The Hops as an organization.


Free The Hops I Alabamians for Specialty Beer is a grassroots non-profit consumer advocacy organization whose successful lobbying efforts to reform hostile laws have helped make Alabama one of the most vibrant and welcoming beer markets in the USA. As a craft beer consumer advocacy organization, our mission is to work within our communities to educate the public, support the industry at large, and remain vigilant watch dogs on legislative processes.