The Georgia Department of Revenue (DoR) has altered its interpretation of provisions in Senate Bill 63 (effective July 1) governing tours offered by brewers. Initially, DoR ruled that brewers could offer a variety of tours at different price points, with the variable prices reflecting differences in what was provided on the tour. Brewers had absolute discretion to decide what was included in the price of a tour. Now DoR has issued a Policy Bulletin stating that the basis for varying fees may not be due to differences in the volume or market value of alcohol provided to tour attendees which has elicited this response from the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association (BA). He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.See Pete Johnson's Articles