Savannah is re-writing its alcoholic beverage ordinances. The city already has some of the most liberal liquor laws in the nation. But the rules don't address some more novel uses alcohol. Beekeeper Ted Dennard wants to stock his stores with mead, the ancient honey-made drink, and offer people samples.
Savannah officials are considering reversing a ban they put in place six years ago against people under 21 entering bars and nightclubs. The ban was aimed at curbing underage drinking and drug use. But City Council member Tony Thomas says police reports are showing the problems just moved to other areas where teenagers hang out.
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert wants a 90-day moratorium on the licensing of downtown liquor stores. A city council committee approved the measure Monday, and the full council is scheduled to consider it Tuesday.
Georgia's home-grown liquor industry is getting a new player. Officials at Milledgeville-based Georgia Distilling Company say, they now have federal and local permits and soon expect their state permit to begin operation. A company official says, the state permit follows the federal and local ones, so he's planning on opening in two months.
US Representative Jack Kingston wants to lower the drinking age for men and women serving in the military. The Republican, who represents Georgia’s 1st Congressional district that spans Savannah to Valdosta, is co-sponsoring a bill. It would allow service members age 18 and up to buy beer or wine on base if it’s consumed on-site.