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Savannah city council passes changes to brewery laws

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A new Savannah brewery could be hosting tours and tastings very soon. 

It's been a testy issue and appears to be smoothed over after the owners of Southbound Brewery invited their neighbors and Alderman Van Johnson to an open house to educate them all on what they are doing, show them the process, and explain the tours and tasting they planned on doing. 

Van Johnson told WTOC before council voted Thursday afternoon he wanted to make sure citizens were comfortable with the state law the city was considering adopting. He said there were three breweries in town but not all of them had the same plans so residents had to be brought up to speed. He thinks everyone is now on the same page. 

"At one of the breweries when they initially came to the community, they said they would not have private parties and tastings. So we wanted to make sure there was a kumbaya moment between the businesses and the residents and all three breweries met with the residents and everything is fine," Johnson said. 

The law and amendments all passed Thursday afternoon. No word yet on when they go into effect.

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