Milledgeville Distillery Wants A Shot At Tourism

6:41 PM, Feb 27, 2012   |    comments
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Georgia Distilling Company makes Colt Ford's Goodtime Moonshine and Vodka, but now they want to add tours and tastings to the menu.

Owner Shawn Hall says, "Wineries right now can sell their own products on site, you can do tastings on site. Breweries can't sell on site, but they can do tastings on site. And distilleries can't do any of it."

So the company, along with Representative Rusty Kidd, brewed up a legislative bill to let distilleries offer tastings to customers. Hall says a full tour topped off with a small sample is a combination for success.

He says, "Tastings equal more sales through awareness which benefits us, the retail, and the distribution."

The proposed legislation would only allow one half-ounce sample per person. Hall says that's just enough to give customers a quick taste.

He says the tastings would boost business, but says it will also help success trickle into the community.

He says, "We're trying to do things to bring more people to the area, get more people interested in the area, highlight the community, and hopefully bring in other business here."

Georgia Distilling isn't the only one itching for more publicity for their products. A local package store owner says the Goodtime line is already a big seller, but thinks giving customers a small taste at the distillers will bring people to liquor stores for the whole bottle.

Hall says House Bill 514 passed the house and is now sitting in the senate. He says if the legislation passes, tours could start around early fall.

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