Lawmakers last year passed legislation that allowed Georgians to buy a tour of a brewery and receive free beer afterward. Once the law took effect, breweries began offering different tours at different prices based on the kind and price of beer offered.
Two months later, however, in September, the Department of Revenue issued new rules that said the tour price cannot vary based on the beer given away. The brewers were furious and argued the agency had succumbed to the wishes of the wholesalers.
Soon, the AJC reported, Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, and Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer, R-Duluth, urged the department to reverse course.
The brewers and distillers then banded together to draft legislation this year that would have sought major changes to the state’s alcohol laws.
Today's deal, Smith said, includes an agreement that the brewers and distillers will not seek any legislative changes this year.
Smith said Ralston, Shafer, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Gov. Nathan Deal’s staff were all involved in reaching an agreement.