You quote the right sections, the prohibition act (dry county laws) What complicates things is when an area goes wet it follows the ABC act which says, do not follow the dry county laws.. Guess what that means? If a county goes wet, then the illegal manufacture language you posted is no longer applicable. Yeah us, we can brew! Wait, not so fast, says ABC! We have case law that says homebrewing was deemed illegal even in a wet county.
Info from Mike Bishop, Alabama ABC Agent, circa 2005:
" (Lovett v. State, 1943), says that "the sections of the prohibition law not repealed by the ABC Act, and which have a field of operation in wet counties consistent with the Act, are still effective." In talking with the ABC Board's attorney, it seems that although there is not a specific law that prohibits homebrew, there is no law that authorizes it, either. "
Bottom line, they feel the illegal manuf portion of the dry county section are still applicable, since then ABC act doesn't say anything new. So it still has a 'field of operation'. A homebrewer lawyer john Little agrees with this interpretation. As such they feel they can confiscate equipment, they threaten to shut down HB shops, (possession of equipment) who sell complete start up brewing kits as a set. They allow sale of separate equipment but packaged together is where they draw the line since the use becomes clear when its used together. They basically feel they can interpret the law this way, even tho we know of no one in modern times who has been convicted strictly for brewing. Agent Bishop recalls fining someone 250 and taking his equipment in the early 90s.. I suspect there are quite a few people in dry counties who are not hobbyists that have been convicted.
Our bill would not apply to dry counties.. It would be a miracle to get a bill through for dry counties...it'd be easier to get the county to vote wet than do that., An enforcement issue in their eyes. The legislator will not do anything without ABCs blessing so essentially the enforcement arm is also the legislative arm, when it comes to writing the bill.
Probably the most valid argument a defendant could have is that personal use not for sale does not constitute "manufacture"... And therefore would not be illegal.