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Senators Pass Brewery Bill, Send it to House

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Posted at 3:10 PM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-02 15:10:00-05

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgians are one step closer to being able to buy a craft beer directly from the brewer.

The State Senate voted 49-2 Thursday to approve a bill allowing craft breweries to sell directly to the consumer.

The bill now moves to the House, where it has support from influential representatives.

Once passed, customers will be able to drink beer onsite and buy up to a case to take home.

Georgia is one of only two states where direct-to-consumer sales are not allowed.

Previously, craft breweries had to use a distributer in order to get their products into customers' hands.

Lawmakers created a loophole in 2015 that allowed breweries to give away "free souvenir" beer along with the purchase of a tour.

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