Athens' third craft brewery will make its public debut Sunday at the Classic City Brew Fest.
Southern Brewing Co. will offer six beers at the festival: a kolsch, an IPA, a milk stout, an English bitter and two brewed with wild yeast.
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A watered-down version of Senate Bill 63, the "Beer Jobs Bill," passed the Georgia House this afternoon. House members also voted down SB 139, which would have barred local governments from banning or regulating plastic bags and other disposable containers.
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Creative Loafing reported last month that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (who received $130,000 in campaign contributions from alcohol distributors in 2014) was working to kill Senate Bill 63, the "Georgia Beer Jobs Bill," which would have allowed breweries to sell beer directly to the public.
Cagle didn't kill the bill, but it looks like he's at least partially gutted it. A version with the direct-sales clause removed is coming up for a vote Friday, the last day of the session for legislation to pass one chamber and move on to the other.
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Senate Bill 63—the Georgia Beer Jobs Act—was introduced last Wednesday. The bill, co-sponsored by several Republicans, including Athens Sen. Frank Ginn, includes the following provisions:
As we sipped our sissy Creature Comforts Athenas, daintily, with our pinkies extended, engaging in a Foucauldian discourse about Missy Elliott and dancing sharks, the Super Bowl ad that most drew our utterly ineffectual ire wasn't that M. Night Shyamalan-styleNationwide disaster, but this little reactionary appeal from Budweiser.
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As a result of action taken Tuesday night by the Oconee County Board of Commissioners, the county now has a new liquor ordinance that allows for the sale of beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks in county restaurants.
The Oconee County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to consider over the next three weeks changes in the draft ordinance presented to it that will allow for the sale of liquor by the drink in county restaurants.
Commission Chairman Melvin Davis recommended that the board review the requirement in the draft ordinance that no more than 25 percent of the gross income at the restaurant be from the sale of alcoholic beverages.
The Athens Downtown Development Authority, at its next meeting Jan. 20, will discuss limiting the number of bars downtown.
Coming in the wake of a Chronicle of Higher Education article that paints Athens as a poster-city for student drinking, it will be the first official discussion of a subject that's been unofficially discussed here for years.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout (a collaboration between Terrapin Beer Co. and Jittery Joe's Coffee), Terrapin is hosting a baking contest on Jan. 17 at the Foundry Ballroom (at Graduate Athens, aka the Inn Formerly Known as the Foundry Park).
Athens gets a lot of national attention, but this is one of those times when we probably don't want it.
A recent Chronicle of Higher Education article highlighted Athens—long known as a drinking town with a football problem—as the poster child for binge drinking.
The article tells the story of how Athens came to be drowning in booze through the eyes of University of Georgia Police Chief Jimmy Williamson, former fake ID kingpin William Trosclair (whom Flagpole profiled in February), bar owner Mark Bell, UGA health official Liz Prince, alcohol-free party planner Adam Tenny and tailgater Jason Bening (whose Libation Station was featured in a Flagpole photo gallery last month).
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