Sunday alcohol sales are currently illegal in Georgia, with limited exceptions (on-premise, at sports events, etc.). Today the Georgia state Senate panel will vote on a bill to allow Sunday alcohol sales. We here at Monday Night Brewery are, of course, rooting for the free market to knock some sense into the current legislation. According to the AJC,
Backers this year are touting the additional revenues selling beer and wine on Sundays could bring the cash-starved state. Opponents maintain it would sully what is a day of worship to many Georgians.
I am also a member of the Facebook group “Tell Sonny Perdue to Keep His Veto Pen Out of My Sunday Booze,” which has a few members going down to the legislature to protest today. If you’re in the area, throw out some “good beer vibes” and hopefully we can get this thing rolling.
Georgia is notoriously backwards in their beer legislation (though admittedly we have it better than Alabama). While Sunday sales wouldn’t be a huge step forward, it could certainly be the beginning of a series of laws making it easier to sell and buy craft beer in Georgia. And for that we are excited.
UPDATE: The vote was delayed for one more week because no one showed up. Thanks, legislators.
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