SB85: The Line for Georgia Beer

Theres only one line that really matters.

A couple of months ago, I took a trip to Virginia and doing a North Carolina Brewery Tour, visiting over 20 breweries. At each location, I experienced something I never dreamed would happen outside the beautiful lines and curves of the Peach State. I had the opportunity to buy beer directly from the brewery!

It might seem minimal to you if you live outside the lines of Georgia, but for us, it’s insane. 

Second Self Beer Company Tasting Room

There’s only one line that really matters. 

In January 2017 the work began to amend Chapter 5 of Title 3 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. In shorter words, lets revolt against beer law! Here’s what we needed to amend:

  1. Free Souvenirs meant “complimentary sealed container of distilled spirits”
  2. Free Tastings meant “the provision of complimentary samples”
  3. Samples meant “one-half of one ounce”

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, the only way those inside the Georgia line had the opportunity to purchase beer on premise, was to first pay for an “educational and promotional tour” given by the distiller, brewery. Your free tasting would only be available to consume on premise and if you wanted a 6-pack, you could purchase ONE as a souvenir

So where’s the line that really matters?

On May 8, 2017, Senate Bill 85 was signed by Governor Deal and passed. The amendment to the limitation on breweries to sell directly to their consumers had come to an end. The bill contained 243 lines of jargon that requires some intense focus, but there’s only one line that really matters; line 241. Here’s what it says. 

This Act shall become effective on September 1, 2017.

This is the line that made all other lines important. This is the line that will allow the consumer to visit their favorite brewery and buy a case of beer. This line breaks the line of the Peach State. This line will create lines. For the avid trader, this line allows for bulk purchases of limited releases.

This line is for craft beer. This line is for Georgia. Cheers to Line 241! 


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