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Growler samples allowed, changes to containers approved

June 10, 2013
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — At their meeting on June 6, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners adopted amendments to the Forsyth County alcohol ordinance to implement regulations regarding tastings of malt beverages sold in establishments where "growlers" are sold.

A growler is a 64-ounce glass jug designed to be filled with beer fresh from the tap and taken home for later consumption.

The law change means growler shops regulated by the county could begin serving samples of their products.

In changing the law, Forsyth's County Attorney Ken Jarrard said a separate tasting room would be required to allow for samples.

Samples would be of two ounces, and no more than eight ounces per person, per day is allowed.

The changes to the growler ordinance also allow for materials used as containers.

Another major change in the Forsyth County law will be to accommodate for the sale of stainless steel, ceramic or plastic growlers. Only glass was allowed before this change.


Also at the June 6 meeting, commissioners held a first public hearing on issuing an independent license for brewers or the manufacture of malt beverages exclusively for wholesalers, meaning not directly to retailers and consumers.

Before the state of Georgia licenses brewers, they want the local governments to license brewers as well.

The annual fee to licenses would be $1,000. The second public hearing takes place July 2 and would become allowable immediately.

Nilanjan Datta, who wants to open the county's first craft microbrewery, addressed the commissioners, saying the food and beverage industry has been transformed by the recent beer revival.

"Being Forsyth County's first is not only going to give us a lot of leverage, but it will also help us build a food and beverage scene here in Forsyth County," Datta said. "There will be jobs creation from the brewery as well as collateral jobs when the brewery becomes successful. This will make Forsyth more of a destination."

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    Why "tasting rooms"?
    June 10, 2013 | 12:54 PM

    Aldo, did they explain the reasoning behind the tasting rooms? Why not just allow samples straight up like Alpharetta and Johns Creek?

    Forsyth used to be forward thinking on their alcohol laws. Now they seem to be lagging behind their peers.

    S Lee Guy
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    Tasting rooms
    June 10, 2013 | 01:01 PM

    Hey S Lee Guy,
    The separate room is just how the county law is written. It's similar to their growler rule, where a package store has to set up a separate room to be allowed to sell growlers and similar to the county's wine law, which allows tastings -- in a separate room.

    Forsyth County
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    Tasting rooms
    June 10, 2013 | 01:51 PM

    So will pure-play growler stores like Crafty Draught have to construct a whole new tasting room? Or are they already in a separate room to begin with?

    S Lee Guy
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    New room
    June 10, 2013 | 04:10 PM

    Places like Crafty Draught would have to construct a new room to allow for tastings, correct.

    Forsyth County
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    Tasting Room
    June 12, 2013 | 06:42 PM

    Having the separate room defeats the whole purpose of the sample. Wine tastings you can actually pay for and get a good bit of wine. A beer tasting room only allows 8 ounces of beer AND you cant even charge for it, not like anyone is going to pay for 8 ounces of beer anyways. There is no point to pay thousands of dollars to construct a room to GIVE away alcohol, which is illegal anyways.

    Andre A.
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    Tasting Room
    June 12, 2013 | 06:55 PM

    Also its not safe to go into a room shut the door and leave the rest of the store unattended if there is only one person working. Which most stores do only have one person working most days except weekends

    Andre A.
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