Big Day for Georgia Craft Beer
Friday was truly a historic day and a big one for Georgia Craft Beer. A day that will henceforth, by myself at least, be known as Georgia’s Craft Beer Independence Day. With the new bill I hope we will see in increase in the number of breweries here in Georgia. Currently, Georgia is ranked 48th in breweries per capita due largely to old-fashioned prohibition-era laws. Friendlier laws and less financial restrictions should make it more enticing for local entrepreneurs to build their dream here instead of surrounding states. The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to commemorate this turning point for Georgia breweries.
And we were there
Many proud supporters all over the state ventured out to their favorite local brewery to celebrate the new law. Many also took home a bottle, can, or case purchased directly from the brewery to commemorate the occasion! I picked up my celebratory bottle of Macon Soul from Macon Beer Company for sure. If you haven’t tried Macon Soul you should really check out the sour brown ale. I highly recommend it.
I was lucky enough to make it down to Macon Beer Company for the ribbon cutting and first pint pour. One reason for the ceremony was to recognize the new owner Yash Patel. The second, was of course to celebrate the new Georgia law. The Macon Chamber brought out the ceremonial big red scissors. Due to space however, they settled for a basic pair of Fiskars.
After cutting the ribbon the owner himself poured the first pint to the raffle winner Clifford McDonald. The exciting part is that this was the first pint in middle GA to be served directly to a customer from a production brewery since prohibition. Georgia is actually the last state in the U.S. to allow direct beer sales.
What it’s all about
What happened next though was the best part of the night. I was able to spend some time having a Macon Soul and chatting with people attending the historic event. As is typical for our town, I met some amazing people with interesting stories. One was Jimmy, who just moved here from Florida taking a position as an air traffic controller. I think I adequately expressed my admiration for such a complex and stressful career.
The second was Erin our bartender, who works as an actress in Atlanta and works on productions such as The Originals and Vampire Diaries. Keep an eye out and I’m sure you’ll be seeing her on your TV screen! I love the diversity of people we meet in our city. Making connections with two new friends and spending time with old ones is what my blog is all about. Connecting with people and businesses in middle GA. Enjoying great craft beer is a great way to get out and meet some new people. Maybe next time you and I can have a pint together!