Georgia Set to Ease Rules for Craft Beer Brewers

The Georgia Department of Revenue has issued new proposed regulations for the state's growing craft beer industry.

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Revenue has issued new proposed regulations for the state's growing craft beer industry.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Georgia is proposing to again allow breweries to sell tours of their facilities at different prices based on the quality and amount of beer customers receive as "free souvenirs."

It's a return to a deal that craft brewers thought they'd reached after legislation passed in 2015. SB 63 took effect in July and allowed brewers to provide customers with up to 72 ounces of beer to take home if they purchased a facility tour.

Months later, Revenue issued a new set of regulations that seemed to reverse course. After an uproar from brewers and some lawmakers, all sides came to an agreement in January to ease the rules.

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