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Statement from GCBG Executive Director regarding the release of a Department of Revenue bulletin effecting Georgia's craft brewers:

SB 63 was vetted and debated by the Georgia General Assembly over a three-month period early this year, and was ultimately passed with overwhelming support through both the House and Senate. While SB63 waited for the Governor's signature, the Georgia Department of Revenue issued exhaustive Rules and Regulations on June 26th after one month of open debate and comment from members of the industry. Both the law and the regulations associated with it went into effect on July 1st, 2015 to much fanfare from brewers and citizens alike. 
Throughout this process, from the bill's introduction in January to its enactment in July, a brewer's right to charge variable prices for brewery tours by whatever basis they saw fit was clear and unambiguous. It is egregious that the Department of Revenue has waited until now - after the conclusion of months of debate on this law - to quietly, and without open comment, issue a bulletin that flies in the face of the consensus understanding of the law and the known legislative intent. Furthermore, it contradicts the rules that the DoR itself set forth and under which breweries in Georgia have been operating for the last 3 months. The timing of this bulletin smacks of political jockeying and underscores that breweries in Georgia need clear and direct retail sales without equivocation.
Georgia's small breweries have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars of capital, hired new employees, and overhauled their tasting rooms under direct assurances from the Department of Revenue that a tasting room offering multiple tour types, including to-go tours, was acceptable and viable. This bulletin is in antithesis to that understanding. Our small brewers, yet again, have had the rug pulled out from underneath them.  It is more clear now than ever before that Georgia's brewers need absolute direct sales and other basic rights enjoyed by breweries around the country.
 - Nancy Palmer, Executive Director
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The Georgia Craft Brewers Guild is excited to announce our second annual Southeastern Craft Brewers' Symposium. This awesome event is a two-day conference featuring 18, 45 minute seminars from the leaders of the craft brewing industry.  For avid homebrewers there will be seminars on the science of brewing from brewmasters, suppliers, and experts on topics such as yeast, adjunct grains, and recipe development. For the next generation of southeastern brewery owners we're offering a unique series of seminars on the business of brewing

Check out the seminar schedule here.

What: Southeastern Craft Brewers Symposium

When: August 29th and 30th, 9am to 5pm

Where: Courtyard Marriott Downtown Decatur

Tickets are $145 for both days, but we have one-day passes availble. Just click the link below!

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Here's what happened in the Senate - 
and what we need TODAY and Monday!

As many of you already know, the Beer Jobs Bill has been decimated by the Senate. Despite our attempts at a reasonable compromise working with various members of the industry, our original bill was deemed too controversial for the tastes of the Senate leadership. The Regulated Industries Committee Chairman pulled the version of SB 63 originally proposed by our advocate Senator Hunter Hill and replaced it with a version written by the Senate leadership. The new version is riddled with mistakes, bad public policy, and has stripped the bill of anything that might tempt a brewery to open in the state of Georgia. We hoped to offer amendments to this new bill inside of the Regulated Industries Committee, but no amendments were allowed. So we planned that on the Senate floor we would finally get the chance to modify the new bill and offer amendments - but unfortunately again, the Senate leadership exercised it's power and some of the most important amendments were withdrawn. As one of our supporters put it, "The new bill will do nothing for jobs and has become a protectionist piece of legislation that bear hugs the status quo and smacks free enterprise in the face."
So now we're on to the House and we have to ask them to fix the Beer Jobs Bill. With some common sense amendments this bill can underpin some of Georgia's craft breweries and give us a small amount of flexibility to show what kind of tourism our industry can provide. This bill has to be modified, at the very least, into something that doesn't actively hurt Georgia breweries.  But we should go further and ask that the Republican majority in the House to stick true to it's roots - we need a bill that drives economic growth, makes Georgia's beer industry competitive, and gets our craft breweries hiring! Georgia's politicians say that we're the number one place to do business - it's time to make them prove it. 
Help us take the bill the Senate leadership gave us and let's turn it back into the Beer Jobs Bill.


Here's what we need now:

Reach out to the members of the House Regulated Industries Committee and let them know that you support common sense amendments to SB 63, the Beer Jobs Bill. You can find a list of committee members here.  As before, phone calls can be better than emails, but both are well-recieved and appreciated. We believe that we'll have a hearing in front of the Alcohol Sub Committee (consisting of members of the Regulated Industries Committee) on Monday - it's important that they hear from supporters going into that meeting!

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Help support Georgia Craft Brewers with legislative efforts!


Founded in 2010, the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild promotes and protects the burgeoning licensed brewing industry in Georgia.  We're small, independent, and traditional by trade, and we strive to create some of the most unique and enjoyable brews for you. Most other states, including our neighboring states of North Carolina and South Carolina, recognize that local craft brewing is an engine of development and economic progress.  But as other states support their local craft brewers and build on the success of their booming craft beer industries, Georgia continues to lag behind because our state laws and regulations are out-of-date and inhospitable to craft beer entrepreneurs.  Georgia’s laws and regulations governing the production and sale of craft beer need to be modernized and brought into the 21st Century! 

We're working hard to modernize our legal and regulatory structures here in Georgia, and we need your help!

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Create Georgia Beer Jobs


Georgia’s craft beer industry needs your help! We are hoping to modernize Georgia’s laws during the 2015 legislative session to get our state competitive in the southeast and the rest of the country. In 2013, there were $14.3 billion in craft beer sales across the country and we believe that more of that beer should be made right here in Georgia. Making some small changes to our laws will have a big impact on Georgia’s economy!

The Beer Jobs Bill will allow consumers to purchase a pint at a brewery and take beer home from breweries and brewpubs – these changes will help drive jobs, tourism, and economic growth that will allow our state to be more competitive in the national craft beer marketplace. And it will do this in a way that allows our breweries, distributors, and retailers to all benefit from the economic growth it will unleash.

Sign the petition to change Georgia’s laws and create beer jobs in our state.