Georgia distillers want state lawmakers to clear up liquor law

on 05/03/11 at 2:10 pm

Industry

A bipartisan group of state legislators is backing a measure that would make it easier for Georgia distillers to turn fruits and grains into liquor.

State Sen. Johnny Grant, R-Milledgeville, says Georgia code already allows distilling but that his proposal would clarify the law.

The measure would spell out that distilling grain is legal and would allow distilling in communities where liquor is sold by the drink. Distilling is currently permitted only in communities where package sales have been approved.

Industry advocates say small distilleries are on the verge of a takeoff as drinkers seek boutique brands.

Georgia Distilling co-owner Bill Mauldin says Georgia has a rich history in distilling but “has been slow to embrace what is a huge moneymaker for folks like Colorado, California and New York. He and others are rallying behind Grant’s proposal.

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