Last week, armed ABC agents entered Hop City’s second location in Birmingham, Alabama. The beer store (founded in Atlanta) is ready to open their second location. Agents entered the unopened location last Thursday and confiscated books and materials dealing with home brewing. Nearly $7,000 of grain, books, hops and equipment were taken.
The rest was moved back to the first store in Atlanta, Georgia. After interviewing the owner of Hop City, he tells me that they cooperated with agents the best they could. However, Torres tells BSJ that no warrant was presented to the manager on duty.
On Monday (Sept 24) Hop City was granted their liquor license and will open this week. No home brewing supplies of course.
It is illegal to home brew in the state of Alabama.