Municipal Association calls for changes in craft brewing laws

(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

AUGUSTA,Ga (WJBF) Augusta state lawmakers are hearing the call to help craft beer makers.
During the legislative delegation meeting with commissioners the Georgia Municipal Association said it’s time to reconsider state laws on micro-breweries.
Riverwatch Brewery opened  this year in Augusta  but faces state restrictions on how it operates.
The law doesn’t allow the brewery to sell beer on site or serve food.
The G-M-A says that hurts the craft brewing industry  state wide.

“They’ve made the case that it would be good for economic development the numbers seem to indicate that because if they are allowed to increase their margins it would allow them to compete with the states around us that allow this very activity,” said Michael McPherson of the Georgia Municipal Association.

The Georgia Municipal Association represents cities across the state.
It will take a position next legislative session in support of changing the state laws for Micro-breweries.

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