The three-tier system hasn't collapsed because of Georgia's wineries being able sell their wines directly to consumers, and the same in true in all of the states in which breweries can sell directly to consumers. Georgia is one of the handful of states that still bars this practice (Essentially the DoR just voided the laws created by SB63.).
The laws that allow wineries in Georgia to sell directly to consumers should also apply to breweries, distilleries and brewpubs. Of course logic is something that has long been in short supply under the Gold Dome.
Well said CraftBeerLover and a great rebuttal to an obvious distributor. I don't want the 3 tier system to collapse either. I like being able to get my Terrapin Rye at the grocery store since I don't live in Athens. What I don't like is the fact that I can't visit Wild Heaven, which is an easy 10 minute MARTA ride for me, and walk out with a 6 pack of something that I can't even get in the grocery or package store. How does this help anyone, including the distributors? The fact that I'd be able to do that isn't going to collapse the distribution system and I agree it will only strengthen the breweries, which strengthens the distributors (as well as local communities), which strengthens the package stores.
According to his Facebook page, Craig Kingston is "Sales Manager at Northeast Sales Distributing." Cool:https://www.facebook.com/craig.kingston.39/about
I'm sorry but this has nothing to do with removing distributors from the 3 tier system. That system will remain in place, just as it does in numerous other states. These states, which allow breweries to sell direct to public from the brewery itself still have thriving distribution businesses. Distributors will still be in business, they will still do exactly the same thing they are doing now. That is, they will take the beer from the brewery and transport it to retailers with their markup on the cost of the beer.
All this is about is allowing consumers, who are already at the brewery, to purchase take-home beer. It is not about becoming a self-distribute state and dismantling the 3 tier system. This will increase jobs at the brewery, increase the sales of the brewery, allowing the breweries to expand faster and even sell more beer to the distributor.
If you look at states that allow breweries to sell directly to the public from their facilities, yet still have the 3 tier system, you'll find thriving distribution businesses. It's about growing the entire industry by enabling small breweries to generate more revenue. Those breweries grow faster, employ more people, and end up selling more beer to the distributors, increasing the sales of distributors as well.
As you point out, people don't want to drive all over the state to get beer from this brewery or that brewery. Which is why the craft beer industry and GCBG is *not* trying to dismantle the 3 tier system. You'll still be going to Green's, Ale Yeah, Kroger or wherever you get your bottles around the corner to buy beer from breweries all over the state. In addition, when you go visit a brewery, you'll also be able to buy take-home beer. It's not instead of distributors, it's in addition to them. And it will increase jobs and growth in the craft beer industry. It has done exactly that everywhere this has been done.
It isn't a matter of political party!!! It also doesn't threaten jobs in the state either, do we want to cut a wholesalers workforce who employ thousands of well paying jobs to increase minimum wage jobs at a local brewery... These laws have been in place for years to protect all parties of the current 3 tier system who sell beer: the supplier, distributors and retailers. If we take away the distributors, then who gets the beer to a retail store so you can buy it? Let's say we have the suppliers direct ship product to retailers and cut out distributors like has started happening out west. Great, then these small Brewers/suppliers do not have the means to get the beer to thousands and thousands of retail outlets throughout the state. So now craft beer lovers are only going to be able to get the higher volume items from a handful of retailers and will have to drive all over the state to purchase the highly sought after special brews from the breweries themselves instead of your local package store. We will all wind up purchasing beer from club stores and liquor stores and only be able to find mainstream domestics that sell in large volumes. That will accomplish all of our goals on getting to enjoy good beer at our convenience... Think about what you are asking for, you might actually get it!!!! Let's turn the great old USA into a socialist country where we drink and eat what we are told!!! That would be great!!!
I have to point out, yet again, that Dems were just as bad if not worse when they ran the state for decades. The almighty wholesalers...Goddess, I hate 'em...achieved their stranglehold under Dems, not the current crop of good ol boys. The problem is that we have a Legislative Class, a greedy, self-interested bunch of petty tyrants and provincial wankers who always seem to find their way into the Gooberlature. Party is totally irrelevant.
Wondering if anyone asked Martin Smith why GBWA hasn't updated lobbyist disclosures and/or PAC reports to reflect their annual meeting this summer? Seems like that might be an ethics violation..........
If it's the same Georgia DOR that delayed tax returns for 'budget reasons' and had two of the most incompetent commissioners ever, I'm not really surprised. I bet Casey Cagle got in someone's ear at DOR to issue that 'policy bulletin.'
I don't care if you're talking about local government or the White House, there are three things that are abysmally horrible for the average citizen, 1) lobbiests, 2) professional politicians, and 3) the legality of commercial campaign contributions. All three seem to be poisoning this issue to those of us who love local, craft beer!
Tell me again that fairy tale about the "party of smaller government".
Follow the money…in this case to Lt.Gov Casey Cagle, the "business friendly" republican who has sold his soul to the big GA distributors for a few $ in campaign contributions. He is the one who demanded changes in SB 63 when his master, the big GA distributors, pulled his chain.
Until the public shaming is loud enough this will continue, and GA will continue to lose jobs to other states. Don't think that this crony capitalism is only affecting the craft brewers either.
Easy solution: relocate to NC or SC.
Make no mistakes folks, this comes from the top.
Deal's office 404-656-1776
Call often to voice your displeasure at this turn of events.
It's time to go nuts on these ass clown distributors and their lobbyists with a pair of pliers and a blow torch.
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Disrespected? It's called Gus's fried chicken...not Gus's customer service.
They serve Fried Chicken on Plastic Plates...the average person would've gotten up after 5 minutes and went to the counter to order the Fried Chicken on a Plastic Plate that they came to eat.
I just went to gus fried chicken and got ignored and disrespected by the establishment. I went in and was seated. Looked at the menu and decided what I wanted.
Lo and behold I waited, and waited. After 15 minutes I left and was greated by the server at the door acting like it was my fault I wasn't acknowledged or served.
After leaving, I called the restaurant and asked what was the problem since it only had five or less people there eating. ONCE again it was suggested that I should have came to the counter and ordered since NO ONE saw me.
When I told them that the host seated me, they mentioned that the wall was there and I was hard to see. After that lie, I hung up.
DON'T EAT OR GO TO THIS RESTAURANT UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE DISRESPECTED.
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