@Orpheus Brewing: I read the bill and understand its point. My question is "What is in it for the distributors?" - particularly if there is already an agreement in place that is more to their advantage.
It is naive to thnk that the distributors will just roll over and let breweries and brewpubs keep what maybe a "potentially large revenue stream for a small brewery". Distributors see this money as their cut - and according to current distributor agreements it is.
Unless you get Georgia distributors on board (or at least appeased) their lobbyists will prevent this bill from ever getting to the floor for a vote this year or next. Sad but true.
Don't Twains, Max Lagers, and The Wrecking Bar already have deals with current distributors? I have seen their beers at growler stores so apparently they have current agreements.
I don't find HHager's posts to be confusing, contradictory, or circular.
It seems to me that he simply pointed out that distribution in growlers does provide an important alternative for new breweries and that changes in the the three tier distribution system is what should be focused on to give breweries the ability to sell directly for off premise consumption.
Neither of these points was clearly made in the original article. Am I missing something here?
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