ATLANTA (WTVM) – Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed a new bill allowing breweries to sell directly to consumers.
The new law allows brewery customers to purchase beer in tap rooms and a case of beer to take home and drink later.
It also allows breweries to sell up to 3,000 barrels of beer a year— equivalent to approximately 1 million 12 ounce bottles.
The Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association (GBWA) was instrumental in developing and advocating for the mutually-beneficial legislation, which received widespread support from the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives during the recently completed legislative session.
The association also worked closely with its members, brewers, and others to ensure the law supports growth in the industry and job creation and meets consumer demand for Georgia beer.
"Our state leaders have been committed to ensuring Georgia remains a great state in which to brew beer and that local economies benefit from the industry's steady growth. We are excited to have worked alongside our brewer partners and retailers in supporting the bill and look forward to the positive impact the new law will have on the industry," said Martin Smith, Executive Director of the Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association.
According to a report by the National Beer Wholesalers Association, the number of permitted breweries in the state doubled between 2010 and 2016.