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Official Symbols and Emblems of Alabama

State Spirit of Alabama

Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey

House Joint Resolution 100 of the 2004 Legislative Session designated Clyde May's family recipe for "special Christmas whiskey", known as Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whisky to be Alabama's Official State Spirit. The designation was made because "the bourbon, Conecuh Ridge, is produced using pure Alabama water and embodies family pride, independence, entrepreneurial drive, innovation, and respect for the tradition and craftsmanship which is evident in this family tradition."

 

The resolution was vetoed by Governor Bob Riley, but the legislature overrode his veto. Amid controversy, the Alabama House of Representatives later tried to repeal the declaration of the official state spirit, but the Senate failed to consider the repeal.

 

Sources:
Acts of Alabama 2004-97.

 

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Updated: February 6, 2014

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