Craft brewer bill moves quickly out of committee

[private]Legislation allowing craft brewers to make retail sales to customers was quickly approved Monday by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee and could move just as quickly to the Senate floor for a vote.

Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-McDonough) is the chairman of the committee and the author of SB 85, which would allow licensed breweries to sell up to 3,000 barrels a year for on-site and off-site consumption.

Georgia is one of the last states that still prohibits breweries from selling at retail, but the Craft Brewers Guild and the Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association (GBWA) agreed on the language of the bill. The Georgia Restaurant Association also supports the measure.

“It helps everybody in the industry and we’re proud to be supportive of it,” said the GBWA’s Martin Smith.

A bill was enacted last year that allows craft brewers to sell tickets for “tours” of their brewing facilities, with the tour including a sample of the product they brew.

SB 85 eliminates the tour requirement and authorizes direct sales.

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