We need to get those legislators to a homebrew festival. Maybe Philly?
You are gonna get a bunch of Southern Baptists to a Homebrew Festival? Clearly few of you understand the south.
And it is not the revenue, in this case. It is old school ignorance - simply put, Southern Baptist legislators who think beer is a sin and "bathtub beer" will make you blind, or worse. They fear children will be making hooch in their parents's shed and that home brew shops will make it easy for people to make highly toxic, highly intoxicating beverages that will destroy the mind and soul. Or, at the very least, that is what they are told by their constituency.
Now, other beer laws (like the ABV, container size, sales on premise, etc.) have been thwarted by the big beer distributors in Alabama and they have a powerful lobby which is why it has taken us so long to ctach up with the rest of the nation. But I can assure you that the big distributors care less about homebrewers. It ain't on their radar.