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Local breweries, distilleries now able to sale directly to customers

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For the first time since prohibition, breweries and distilleries in Georgia can sell directly to their customers.

Senate Bill 85 officially goes into effect Friday.

Local businesses in Savannah decided to celebrate the historic day through a block party on Indian Street.

Service Brewing Coming calls it beer Independence Day, the celebration has been one to remember for them now that Senate Bill 85 has officially gone into effect.

The change means a lot to Ghost Coast Distillery and Service Brewing Company and all the other businesses working to make their own alcoholic beverages in breweries or distilleries all across the state.

This block party signifies a huge victory for them. Skip the tour if you want. This beer was placed in a to-go cup and given directly to a paying customer. It's a game changer.

"What it does for us is it gives us the opportunity to generate capital for the brewery. We can reinvest in our growth and our employees and generate tax revenue for the city, county, and for the state, and Feds. More jobs. 1 job at a brewery supports 64 jobs in the industry so it is great for everyone," said Kevin Ryan, CEO Service Brewing Company.

The state law in Georgia has been updated to allow breweries to sell 3,000 barrels of their own beer straight to their customers. And those making spirits also are a part of the party. We asked how only proving a taste previously really limited their businesses.

"Before guests could come in one day, one person, once per day and have up to 3 samples not to exceed and ounce and 1/2, very limited time to tell our story and show what we are doing at Ghost Coast," said Chris Sywassink, General Manager, Ghost Coast Distillery.

The state law has now been updated allowing breweries to sell thousands of barrels directly to those who love it.

There was no cover charge to get into the block party here on Indian Street and the event benefits the Rape Crisis Center. 

"Each time we have the opportunity to connect with the business community it is a win-win for us in that we have the opportunity to spread our message of prevention education as well as let our survivors out there know we are advocating for them every single day," said Kesha Gibson-Carter, Executive Director, Rape Crisis Center.

Those leaders in the brewing and distillery industry tell me they are very happy to provide what will now be the best experience possible for their patrons.

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