House passes craft breweries bill

[private]The Georgia House voted 147-14 Monday to pass legislation (SB 85) that allows craft brewers and local distillers to sell limited amounts of their products directly to consumers.

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

SB 85 would settle a long-standing dispute between wholesalers and manufacturers over the right to make retail sales.

“This bill has been a good while in getting here,” said Rep. Howard Maxwell (R-Dallas).

“We’re the only state in the union that still doesn’t allow brewers to sell beer out of their brewery,” said Rep. Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock).

The bill 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.

Distillers can 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.

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