Craft brewers may finally achieve their long-sought goal

[private]Georgia’s craft brewers and local distillers are on the verge of getting something they have sought for quite a while: the ability to make retail sales of their products directly to customers.

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Monday on SB 85, a bill that includes these provisions:

  • Allows craft brewers to sell up to 3,000 barrels of malt beverage per year with a limitation of 288 ounces (one case) per customer per day for consumption off premises.
  • Allows distillers to sell up to 500 barrels of distilled spirits per year with a limitation of 2,250 milliliters (three 750-milliliter bottles) per customer per day for off-premises consumption.

If the House passes SB 85 and the Senate agrees to House changes in the bill, it would go to Gov. Nathan Deal for his consideration.

SB 85 represents one of the most significant changes in years to the state’s three-tier system of regulating alcoholic beverages that strictly limits the activities of manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers.

Georgia and Mississippi were the last two states that still prohibited craft brewers from selling their own products directly to consumers.

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