Georgia Voices: It’s bottoms up on brewery laws
by The Savannah Morning News
November 05, 2013 12:00 AM | 2844 views | 2 2 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Georgia’s craft beer aficionados can’t buy their favorite brew for take-home at pubs or breweries. Instead, they must find a package shop or other retail establishment that stocks the beverage and buy it there.

This anti-consumer barrier deserves to fall.

In January, the Georgia Legislature is expected to consider a measure that would let breweries and brewpubs sell limited amounts of beer retail to their consumers in take-home containers, such as bottles or growlers.

Supporters include the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild, which lists 23 members on its website. They include SweetWater Brewing Co., which dominates Georgia’s craft beer market, to local companies like Moon River Brewing Co., Coastal Empire Beer Co. and Southbound Brewing Co.

But it likely will be an uphill fight.

Among the opponents are the Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association. ...

Five lawmakers who serve on a special panel, the Senate Study Committee on Brewpubs and Alcoholic Beverage Tastings, are expected to make recommendations by January.

Legislation allowing to-go beer sales — as well as larger samples — has stalled in the legislature year after year, largely due to opposition from wholesalers and package stores. Such restraint in a free-market economy smacks of restraint of trade. It also denies Georgians of more choices when it comes to their favorite brews.

Consumers should have access to the widest range of domestically produced beer made available by licensed breweries. ...

The success or failure of any product made in Georgia — whether it’s beer or something else — should depend on consumer demand. Not on artificial or political barriers.

Bottoms up.

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bear headache
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November 06, 2013
Did Sweetwater just start making beer on the Terrapin brand, because consumption of a single Terrapin Recreation just gave me the same headache on two seperate occasions that Sweetwater beers used to give me before I stopped touching Sweetwaters under any circumstance.

Yeah, Sweetwater probably gobbled up Terrapin. I suppose the micros would inevitably go macro at some point. The pendulum is already swinging bad to our options being Bud Bud Lite Miller Miller Lite Coors (otherwise known as "I'll have a glass of wine") but Georgia is still playing catch up on the 20 year old upswing of microbrews.

Yep, that is typical Georgia for us. Always trying to catch up with 20 years ago but never quite getting there.
Georgia Craft Brewer
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November 10, 2013
Sweetwater does not brew Terrapin beer. That said, Terrapin did just upgrade their brewery, however there is nothing new to their process that would provide you with a headache from a beer specifically.

You could have just been dehydrated, remember to drink lots of water, one glass of water for each beer makes you a happy camper, also Advil can help to take that edge off.
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