Georgia beer law change brings good news to local brewery

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Change is brewing at Macon Beer Company.

“It’ll be the first time since prohibition where we’ll be able to sell our beer directly by the pint over the counter to the consumer,” said Macon Beer Company owner, Yash Patel.

Patel is ready to pour the first pint of beer to sell at the brewery.

Earlier this year Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill that would allow breweries and distilleries to sell beer directly to customers. This law will take effect on September 1st. Before the law, Macon Beer Company would have to sell a tour for customers to drink their beer on site.

“With that, they’d get six tickets, which would give them a very limited amount of beer that they could sample,” said Patel.

The brewery will still have the $12 tour, but now with more options.

“Sometimes you want to buy a pint and sometimes you only want a pint,” said Patel. “You’re off work, or you’re out on the town Saturday night and you say ‘hey you know what, I’m gonna stop by and have me a pint.”

Iff you really liked the beer, you can take it home with you straight from the brewery.

“We’re going to be able to sell a case of beer, which is drastically more,” said Patel. “That’s like going to a convenience store and buying beer.”

Patel says this new law will not only allow business to grow, but make an impact in the community.

“I think it’ll open up the market in Macon and I think it’ll show that Macon is up and coming,” said Patel. “Now we have a main production brewery and two great brew pubs in town Ocmulgee and Piedmont, I think it’ll be great for Macon.”

Patel says they will still only be open Saturdays, but hope to change that in the future.

There will be a ribbon cutting Friday at 3:30 PM for the big law change. Macon Beer Company will also be presenting a new brew, Macon Bears. The beer is making a comeback just in time for Mercer football.

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