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ChriSto
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March 15, 2011

Dear AHA, BA and Support Your Local Brewery Members,

The Georgia Craft Brewers Guild has requested that beer enthusiasts take action to support legislation benefitting the state's brewpubs and beer consumers.

Please read the following information provided by the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild:


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Dear Georgia Beer Enthusiasts,
With your help we have a last minute, fighting chance of getting a bit of Georgia Law changed to help Georgia brewpubs.

House Bill 472 seeks to raise the limit a Georgia brewpub can sell to a wholesaler from 500 to 5000 Bbl/ year and to strike the current brewpub restriction of "draft only." IF THE BILL ISN'T ACTED ON BY TOMORROW MORNING, IT WILL DIE FOR THIS YEAR.

If you'd like to find bottles of your favorite Brewpub's beer available in stores, please immediately email Rules Committee Chairman, John Meadows (john.meadows@house.ga.gov) with the following simple message:

"Georgia Breweries = Georgia Tourism + Georgia Jobs + Georgia Economic Development. Give HB472 a vote!"

Please act IMMEDIATELY or it will be too late. Thanks for your support,

Georgia Craft Brewers Guild



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Thanks for your support of Georgia small brewers,



Charlie Papazian
President
Brewers Association




Gary Glass
Director
American Homebrewers Association



Support House Bill 472.




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Calling legislators is easy. A staffer will answer the phone. Tell the staffer your name and where you're from and tell him/her that you're calling to urge Senator/Representative to support the bill. He/she will thank you for your call and that's it. There's nothing to it. It will only take you a minute or two, but it makes all the difference.

- Stott Noble, Homebrewer
 

Bill Pierce
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Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 05:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

In a similar vein, according to the AHA, another bill will be introduced in the Alabama legislature to formally recognize homebrewing in that state. Alabama homebrewers should be ready to contact their legislators in support of the bill.
 

Denny Conn
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Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 06:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The AHA is a great resource for these campaigns. Our law revision was scheduled for a House vote yesterday, but got pushed back due to a heavy legislative schedule. We expect it to pass in the next day or so, then it's on to the guv for signing.

Good luck GA and AL!
 

ChriSto
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Username: Christo

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Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 07:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Our local brewmaster, John Pinkerton of Moon River Brewing Co., is the one pushing this bill. He was recently "elected" as President of the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild (in similar fashion to how our hb club presidency is elected - via hasty vote when you get up to go to the bathroom).

I'm hoping he can get this through as he sits at capacity right now and this will give him some breathing room and flexibility to do other things.
 

Chumley
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Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 07:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Our brewpub legislation got tabled this year, mainly because our state legislature is dominated by tea party neanderthals. Good luck for everybody else.
 

Rob Farrell
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Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 08:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Since tea partiers are pretty much focused on reducing government spending, why would they have a problem with brewpub sales?

Here in the nanny state of Maryland, where our legislators are the complete opposite of tea partiers, taxes on beer, wine, and liquor are going up dramatically. I fired off complaints to my reps, and got responses that they would vote for the tax increase "because the tax had not been increased in years."

Be careful what you wish for.
 

Chumley
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Username: Chumley

Post Number: 6272
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Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 08:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Tea partiers say they are focused on reduced government spending....but here, they are also focused on the traditional conservative social issues, and expanding alcohol sales is not in their agenda. They are busy trying to repeal the voter-approved initiative allowing medical marijuana.

Quite frankly, I have been unable to distinguish the difference between the new tea partiers with the old run-of-the-mill state-control orientated GOP.
 

ChriSto
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Posted on Thursday, April 07, 2011 - 11:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Update: the House Bill made it through committee with a favorable reporting but was not picked up for a vote in the main session.

It is now included as a rider on a separate senate bill that will be up for a vote in the next week, so there is still a chance, if low chance, for passage.