Note: This section summarizes the temporary changes implemented due to the coronavirus pandemic that are of interest to interstate suppliers. Restaurants and social clubs were closed for dine-in service, and sales for takeout, curbside pick-up, and delivery only were permitted, from April 2 to April 27, 2020. [Executive Order 04.02.20.01 and 04.23.20.02.] Existing Georgia regulations provide that restaurants and other on-premises licensees may sell wine and beer, but not distilled spirits, in unopened packages only to customers for carry-out purposes or through its drive-in window, except at times and at locations where such sales are otherwise prohibited by law. On-premise retailers may not conduct online sales for curbside delivery or pickup. Grocery stores may sell wine and beer in packages[…]

15.9.1 Alcoholic Beverage Tastings at Package Liquor Stores In all counties and municipalities in which the sale of alcoholic beverages is lawful, retail package liquor stores may conduct up to fifty-two (52) tasting events per calendar year, subject to the following terms and conditions: Tasting events must take place on the licensed premises during the lawful hours for sale of alcoholic beverages; Retailers may hold only one (1) tasting event per day, and no tasting event may exceed four (4) hours duration; Only one type of alcoholic beverage may be served at a tasting event, either malt beverages, wine, or distilled spirits; more than one (1) brand of alcoholic beverage may be offered so long as not more than four[…]

A representative or salesperson of a manufacturer or wholesaler may open a package of any malt beverage, wine, or distilled spirits on the premises of a retail package liquor store or other retail dealer for the purpose of providing small samples to the retailer or its employees for consumption on the licensed premises, provided that: All samples are provided and consumed in the presence of the representative or salesperson in an office, storage room, or other area of the retailer’s premises that is closed to the public; and The representative or salesperson removes from the licensed premises any packages brought onto the licensed premises for sampling purposes. [GA Law, Title 3, Chapter 3, Article 3, Section 3-3-26.]

14.1 Direct Sales and Shipments to Consumers 14.1.1 On-site sales Wineries located in Georgia or in another state may ship up to five (5) cases of wine per calendar year directly to any one Georgia consumer or one Georgia address whether or not the winery has a Wine Special Order Shipping License under the following conditions: The wine was purchased by the consumer while physically present at the premises of the winery; The winery verified that the consumer was of legal age and not a licensee in Georgia. 14.1.2 Off-site sales Wineries located in Georgia or in another state may ship wine only directly to Georgia residents of legal drinking age under the following guidelines regardless of whether or not[…]

17.1.1 On-Premise Establishments Subject to local option. For bars and taverns, the permissible hours start at 11:55 p.m. Saturday and end three (3) hours immediately following such time (2:55 a.m. Sunday morning). For qualifying restaurants, hotels, stadiums, coliseums, and auditoriums the permissible hours start at 11:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 midnight Sunday. 17.1.2 Off-Premise Establishments Subject to local option. The permissible hours start at 11:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 midnight Sunday. [GA Regulations, Chapter 560-2-3, Section 560-2-3-.02 and GA Law, Title 3, Chapter 3, Article 1, Section 3-3-7 and Chapter 3, Article 2, Section 3-3-20. As of August 28, 2020, the regulation has not been amended to conform to the amended law.] Note: Local communities may vote on[…]

Designation of each wholesaler’s territory is part of the label registration requirement described in Section 3, Label/Product Registration, of this Digest. Only one licensed wholesaler may be designated for a particular area, and only one wholesaler will be approved by the Department of Revenue. Such designation may not be changed except for “just cause.” The Department will determine whether or not just cause exists after a hearing. Any manufacturer wishing either to change wholesalers with respect to any brand or to change the territory of a previously designated wholesaler must file a Notice of Intent with the Director containing the following information, as applicable: Listing of the brand(s) involved. Case volume in Georgia for each brand for the current year[…]

3.1 Product Approval Requirements Label registration is required. At time of registration, Form ATT-104 must be filed for each brand/label to be distributed in Georgia and for each brand/label sold direct to GA consumers. Filing must be done on line at https://gtc.dor.ga.gov. For labels sold to GA wholesalers, the supplier must indicate the sales territories—those counties in which each wholesaler will be selling the product being registered—for each brand and label registered. Only one (1) wholesaler can be registered for a brand in any particular county. There cannot be any overlapping territories. The registration fee (applies only for distilled spirits) is $100.00 for the first ten (10) brands and $10.00 for each additional brand over ten (10). There is no[…]

Licensing is now done entirely on line and all license applications and renewals must be submitted electronically at the Georgia Tax center (https://gtc.dor.ga.gov/_/#1). Following is a list of the various corporate licenses. For assistance call 877-423-7611. Select Option 1, then Option 2. Note: Corporations organized in a state other than Georgia must obtain authorization from the Secretary of State to do business in Georgia, unless a “no nexus” letter is submitted. 2.1 Company Licenses/Permits Note: Refer to Section 14, Direct Shipments to Consumers and/or Retailers for more details (wine only). 2.1.1 Farm Winery A Farm Winery is defined as a winery which makes at least 40 percent of its annual production from agricultural produce grown in the state where the[…]

Department of Revenue, Field Services Division Alcohol and Tobacco Division 1800 Century Center Boulevard, N.E. – Room 4235 Atlanta, Georgia 30345-3205 (Mailing Address) P. O. Box 49728 Atlanta, Georgia 30359 404-417-4900 (phone) 877-423-6711 (phone) atdiv@dor.ga.gov http://www.dor.georgia.gov/alcohol-tobacco Secretary of State, Corporations Division 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Suite 315, West Tower Atlanta, Georgia 30334 404-656-2817 (phone) Links for Further Research Official Code of Georgia Annotated Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia

17.4.1 By Wholesalers Product may be returned to suppliers only if here was an error in shipping or damage to the product. If there are other extenuating circumstances, contact the Department of Revenue for approval. [Written advice from the Georgia Department of Revenue, dated September 2008.] 17.4.2 By Retailers Products that are unmarketable due to deterioration—resulting in substantial variation in taste or appearance from the manufacturer’s specifications—may be picked up and replaced, under the following guidelines: A wholesaler may accept from any retail licensee any quantity of alcoholic beverages and give the retail licensee credit for same, but only if on the same day the retail licensee purchases from the wholesaler, at prevailing prices, a like quantity, measured in case[…]