Senate Bill 63, AKA the Beer Jobs Bill was supposed to let microbreweries expand their presence in the Peach State. Yet, two months after the law’s going into effect, nothing much has changed, at least for some Athens area breweries. From the Athens Banner Herald:
Since July 1, breweries, including Terrapin and Creature Comforts, have been allowed to sell up to a six-pack of beer to visitors to with them after going on a tour.
However, most of those visitors didn’t want to buy beer to take home. In fact, they didn’t even know they could, said Carmen Miranda, brewery tour and events manager at Terrapin.
“It’s something that we were so excited for and something that we really pushed, but then we realized that outside of the brewery no one knew about it. It took a little explaining to people that you could buy beer at the brewery now,” Miranda said.
Was Senate Bill 63 oversold as a way to bring beer tourism to Georgia, or did the changes made in committee limit the bill’s effectiveness? Maybe, as envisioned in the ABH story, things will pick up now that UGA is back in session and football season is about to start. If not, should the issue be examined again next year?