Eagle Creek Brewing has struggled to turn a profit, but its owner, Franklin Dismuke, sees a clear fix: Allow direct-to-consumer sales of beer in Georgia
Dismuke contends his small brewery in Statesboro, Georgia, would benefit from the cash flow these sales would create, just as it has helped float many start-up breweries around the country.
"It's been rather difficult to get going. I could probably hit a break-even point in 60-90 days if I had a tap room," said Dismuke, who started the brewery in 2013.
The vast majority of states has passed regulatory exceptions to the long-standing three-tier system that channels alcohol from producer to distributor to retailer. The Georgia Senate on Thursday is expected to approve a bill that industry advocates say helps small brewers by allowing paid tours but does not let microbreweries sell beer directly to customers.