Free Tastings Could Be Possible At Georgia Distilleries

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.


  1. dsean says:

    What distilleries are in Georgia?

    It’s absolutely a good idea to allow breweries, wineries, and distilleries to provide samples of their products and direct sales to consumers, but that would take sales away from distributors. [Not sure if the wineries can directly sell, but I know breweries can’t].

    • drjay says:

      i don’t know if it’s still around, but when i was in college there was a ga distillery that made “moonshine” and sold it in mason jars…i’d have to fritter around on google to find out if it still exists–but i’m sure the kidd bill is aimed at helping the distillery in his district…

        • drjay says:

          i don’t remember for sure, it was almost 20 years ago, but it looks like it could have been, if it was then never mind because it’s apparently not a “georgia” product at all…

          • bowersville says:

            From the outside looking in. I don’t drink, just my personal choice but I recall seeing that brand of Georgia Moon around years ago too. Some 20+ years ago a friend and I traveled to one of the far north corners of N Georgia to trout fish for native trout. With permission we hiked across a man’s property to fish. Rumor had it that in olden times the man may have been a moonshiner operating a copper ‘still. I asked him about that store bought Georgia Moon. His response after spiting tobacco was, “It don’t take no art to make that stuff, it’s rot gut guvment likker.”

  2. benevolus says:

    Barton Brands used to have one off of Fairburn Rd. near Cascade, but I’m not sure it’s still there.

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