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  • Tom Bastek | July 7, 2015 9:00 PM ET

    New Beer Law In Georgia Allows Craft Beer to Be Taken Home

    New Beer Law In Georgia Allows Craft Beer to Be Taken Home

    Photo courtesy of Sweetwater Brewing

    This past week, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on news that will have beer enthusiasts and breweries alike cheering for what they hope will be the first step into on-premise sales of craft beer. The state government passed a new law at the 11th hour of the legislative session that allows breweries to sell “tours” that include take home “souvenirs.”

    The new law allows for breweries to charge for tours, which can include up to 36 ounces of beer (up from 32 ounces) for tastings and up to 72 ounces (equal to a six-pack) of beer to take home as a “souvenir.” Also passed was the ability to now have food vendors and food trucks to serve at the tasting events.

    Many other states, like Alabama, have laws that allow beer to be sold on-premise at the breweries which allows for many more start-ups to survive. Birmingham alone has four breweries, most of which don’t ever plan to spread their wings beyond the local community. They are satisfied with just selling out of the brewery and maybe kegging a small amount for the local bars/restaurants.

    Local breweries in the Atlanta area are happy with the new law because it at least gets them another form of revenue besides retail shirts and pint glasses.

    “We’ve had growlers as glassware gifts for years here,” Steve Farace, Sweetwater Brewing’s "Minister of Propaganda," told the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “But seeing a full one go across the bar and out the door was not something we thought was possible for us in the near term as breweries in Georgia.”

    So if you have a trip planned for Georgia anytime soon, be prepared to take home some of that great southern brew.


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Tom Bastek The Main Course

Tom Bastek Tom is a writer in the Atlanta Area. He has traveled to all 48 continental states and almost every stop in the Caribbean. In addition to Traveling, Tom geeks out on bowling, craft beer, trains, pinball, comic books, sci-fi and playing the tuba. You can get him at and @TravelWriterTom.
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