A state lawmaker is expected to file legislation today that would allow breweries to be able to sell beer directly to their customers. Under current Georgia law, only distributors can buy beer from breweries.
Right now, the only way to get a beer at a local brewery is to buy a souvenir mug and get free tastings. Sen. Hunter Hill wants to change that. His bill would allow beer lovers to buy and drink up to six beers while at a brewery. Hill says brewers would also be able to sell the equivalent of a 12-pack per person to take home.
“To me it’s about job growth and small business development, allowing for some of these small brewers to be able to get their product into consumers hands in limited quantities,” Hill says.
Hill says the change would make Georgia breweries with surrounding states and encourage Georgia’s brewery scene to grow.