Pike County Businesses Prepare for Draft Beer Sales


By Sarah Cantey

 The draft beer bill for Pike County passed through the Alabama House and Senate. But, that doesn't mean kegs are flowing yet. 

The bill is still awaiting Governor Bentley's signature. Then it will be up to each municipality to pass an ordinance. Troy council members say it could be until the end of April before kegs are legal. This bill only applies to draft sales in restaurants and bars. 
Troy city leaders say the passage in the legislature was the biggest hurdle. So some restaurants in Troy are already looking into what equipment is needed when draft sales do become legal. 
Jake Messenger, owner Mama Goldberg's Troy said, "We have draft in other locations and it does extremely well. But here we would have to buy new keg refrigerators and get the taps installed so it's kind of a pricey process to hopefully pay off in the future."
The sale of kegs outside of restaurants and bars will not be legal in Pike County. 
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