Alabama last state to prohibit home brewing

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- With Mississippi legalizing home brewing, Alabama is now the only state that doesn't allow citizens to brew small amounts of beer or wine at home for personal use.

Home brewing enthusiasts have been trying since 2009 to get the Alabama Legislature to legalize what several thousand people are already doing illegally. But they have always met with strong opposition. Home brewing bills have won approval from legislative committees and could come up for a vote in the House or Senate soon.

Brant Warren of the Right to Brew organization says he's more optimistic than he has ever been about the legislation passing.

The Rev. Joe Godfrey of the Alabama Citizen Action Program says it will be harmful for children to see their parents making alcohol at home.