Georgia Breweries Need Your Help!
Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:38am - CarlyWiggins
The issue: Currently, breweries are not allowed to sell beer to people directly...ever...it all has to go through a distributor. When you come to the brewery, you pay $10 or $12 for a pint glass, and we are permitted to serve you up to 2 pints (32 ounces) of beer per day as part of an educational tour. Georgia is one of only 5 states in the country that doesn't allow breweries to sell beer to consumers in some way, and we rank 47 out of 50 states in breweries per capita.
The proposal: Senate Bill 63 in the Georgia legislature would allow for breweries to sell up to 72 ounces of beer for consumption at brewery and breweries and brewpubs to sell 144 ounces (a 12-pack) per person per day to take home. So we could finally sell you a 6-pack or bottle of your favorite beer to take home with you from the brewery.
The impact: At our brewery, the passage of this bill would lead us to hire more people in our tasting room, provide a very helpful new revenue stream, and, I believe, lead to better sales in retailers because people will know and remember our brand better.
THE ASK: If you are willing, it would be a great help to contact the key members of the GA State Senate who are controlling our bill. Hearing from as many constituents as possible makes a HUGE difference in issues like these, and 5-10 minutes would be greatly appreciated. If you can, doing it TODAY, we are hoping to flood the inboxes of these folks with supportive e-mails and phone calls.
Here's how you can help:
- Call the offices of all these Senators and ask them to support the Beer Jobs Bill, SB 63. If you only make one or two phone calls, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Senator Rick Jeffares are the ones to call. For those who are co-signers, please THANK them for their support.
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle
Senator Rick Jeffares
Senator Frank Ginn (co-signer)
Senator Josh McKoon
Senator Ed Harbison
Senator David Shafer
Senator Renee Unterman
Senator Brandon Beach (co-signer)
Senator Bill Cowsert
Senator Steve Gooch (co-signer)
Senator Steve Henson
Senator Jack Hill
Senator David Lucas
Senator Butch Miller