May 2017 News: Georgia Approves Direct Sales, BridgePort Layoffs, Utah Lowers DUI Threshold, and Australia’s $1.5M Brewery Investment
Georgia Approves Direct Brewery Sales
The Georgia House and Senate have voted in favor of legislation allowing consumers to purchase beer or spirits at the brewery or distillery where they’re made. The change also allows for the purchase of one case of beer to go. When it takes effect on Sept. 1, Georgia will join 49 states already allowing direct sales from breweries.
Oregon’s BridgePort Brewing Cuts 13 Jobs
In April, Portland, Ore.’s BridgePort Brewing announced the layoff of 13 employees due to sales that have been on the decline since 2011. Founded in 1984, the company plans to renovate its Portland brewpub with a new bar and install a small-batch pilot system in an effort to compete with smaller breweries in the area.
Utah Lowers DUI Threshold
A bill signed by Utah Governor Gary Herbert on March 23 will lower the state’s DUI threshold from 0.08 to 0.05 percent blood alcohol content, making it the lowest in the US. The bill is set to go into effect on Dec. 30, 2018, but an upcoming special session to evaluate the new law’s “unintended consequences” could delay its implementation until 2019.
Australian Premier Invests $1.5 Million in Victoria Brewery
In April, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced a $1.5 million grant to construct a discovery center, museum, and tasting room at the Holgate Brewhouse in Woodend. The grant was the most recent effort by the Victorian government to bolster the beer industry, including its funding for Broo Beer, Forest Brewing Co., and the Australian Craft Beer Centre of Excellence. ■