Liquor joins beer in bill allowing direct sales

Paul Allen and Betsey Dahlberg at Hope Spring Distillery, opening this summer in Lilburn. / Photo credit: Margery Kellar
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Paul Allen and Betsey Dahlberg at Hope Spring Distillery, opening this summer in Lilburn. / Photo credit: Margery Kellar

Legislation moving through the General Assembly to allow beer brewers to sell directly to customers now would also apply to the state’s liquor distilleries.

A House subcommittee on Thursday amended Senate Bill 85 to afford liquor manufacturers the same rights as their beer brethren.

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The move was not unexpected nor unwelcome from supporters of SB 85.

Under the new bill, distilleries can sell customers up to three 750 milliliter bottles of liquor a day and up to 500 barrels a year. Beer brewers can sell up to a case a day to an individual customers.

The full House Regulated Industries Committee could consider the bill next week. The Senate passed the bill last week.