Georgia might soon allow its spirit distillers to give away free samples to visitors. The Union Recorder has an article about House Bill 514, sponsored by Rep. Rusty Kidd (I-Milledgeville), would allow samples to be given to visitors. The bill stipulates that a visitor would be allowed 1 sample of no more than 1/2 of an ounce per calendar day.
The City of Fort Oglethorpe passed a similar tastings ordinance for beer and wine sampling back in early January. The ordinance would allow for tap beer or wine samples with a limit of no more than 3 one ounce samples per day. There’s some consternation from one of the city councilmen, Johnnie “Red” Smith. He’s saying that he was “set up” by his colleagues in the meeting where quorum was barely met with 3 council members present and Councilman Smith was elected to preside over the meeting where the ordinance was passed.
HB 514 has been assigned to the Regulated Industries committee in the House. We’ll see if this goes anywhere and ruffles any feathers as Sunday Sales did during the last session.