July 1 brings new laws for Georgia residents.
Some of those laws include the legalization of fireworks in the state, a new gas excise tax of 26 cents that will go toward road improvements and the white-tailed deer becoming the new state mammal.
Another new law applies to breweries in the state.
The current law allows breweries to give tours and hand out up to three sample beers, not exceeding 36 ounces total. However, customers could not take the beer home.
Starting July 1, customers will now able to take home a six-pack of beer or a growler, in addition to the brewery tour and three sample beers.
Just across the line in Alabama, things are a little bit different. People can consume the beer at the brewery, but they are unable to take it home.
House Bill 355 aimed to allow breweries to sell directly to customers, but it was shot down.
Georgia and Alabama, like majority of other states in the country, operate on a three tier system for alcohol distribution.
The breweries make the beer. The brewery sells it to wholesalers, and then the wholesalers sell it to retailers where people buy it.
About 30 miles south of Columbus, the Omaha Brewing Company has been distributing to the public since June 2013.
They say they’re hoping to see a spike in business because of the new law.
“That’s gonna get at least the craft beer crowd out that really appreciates the local, craft beer,” Omaha Brewing Company’s Social Media Director and Production Engineer Robert Lee said. “Since they know they can come here and get beer straight from the brewery being that it’s gonna be as fresh as possible instead of maybe going to a store where it might not be as fresh as possible.”
Omaha Brewing Company’s Labtech, Olivia Lawnick, added, “It’s not the full step, but it’s a step in the right direction in helping us reach out and actually communicate and interact with our consumers, rather than just supply them.”