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UPDATE: Ales have it! Lawmakers approve Georgia's brewery bill

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UPDATE: ATLANTA (AP) - Cheers! Lawmakers have approved the Georgia brewery bill.

Starting Sept. 1, visitors to breweries will be able to down a few ales and take up to a case of beer home.

The Senate voted Wednesday to do away with prohibition-era laws and allow breweries to sell directly to consumers.

The bill was approved by the House and will move to the governor's desk to be signed into law.

The bill includes craft distilleries, allowing them to serve liquor and allow customers to purchase up to three bottles of spirits right from the source.

The proposal does away with the current requirement that visitors take part in a tour package in order to imbibe.

Georgian brewers and distillers hope the change will create new revenue streams for their small businesses.

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Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Brewery Bill is chugging along through the state Legislature.

Lawmakers are working to do away with prohibition-era regulations that prohibit breweries to sell beer directly to consumers.

Under current law, visitors to a craft brewery have to first take a tour before being allowed to imbibe a set number of tastes.

Georgian breweries are hopeful for the change, as it will open up a new revenue stream for their small businesses.

If the bill becomes law, craft beer lovers will be able to quaff a few ales during their brewery visits and take up to a case of beer home with them.

Craft distilleries will also be able to serve liquor and allow visitors to purchase up to three bottles of liquor.

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