Sunday Beer Sales Heads to a Vote in Georgia
Sunday beer and liquor package sales in Georgia soon could become a reality after decades of a statewide ban that permits only restaurants to serve alcohol on that day. And any concerted opposition to lifting the ban just doesn’t seem to be happening.
Here’s the problem for road trippers who want to pick up a six-pack or two of a local brew while driving through the Peach State: Sunday package beer sales will differ from municipality to municipality. That’s not different from a lot of other states, but it means that you could be in one city that has approved Sunday sales but has no stores convenient to the interstate, and the next exit may still be under Prohibition-era blue laws, so the Walmart or grocery store right off the highway there won’t be able to sell you any brew.
Earlier this year, Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill into law that allowed the municipalities to put Sunday liquor sales on ballots, and Election Day is coming up November 8. More than 100 jurisdictions, including Atlanta, will vote on allowing Sunday sales of liquor, beer and wine. According to a October 20 story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the expected outcry against Sunday alcohol sales has not happened.
One newspaper found a liquor store owner in Alpaharetta, Georgia, who said he isn’t too happy about having to open his store on Sunday, but he’s likely in a minority. Allowing the sales should bring more money into local economies, help local businesses, and be safer because anyone in Georgia who wants a drink on a Sunday now has to drive to a restaurant to buy it and drink it – and then drive back home!
As the economy continues to struggle, such antiquated blue laws across the country continue to fall as communities realize that the prohibitions hinder business growth and tourism. But they will continue to exist in many places, so the best thing to do if you’re planning a Road Trip for Beer where you will be in a specific community on a Sunday would be to call ahead. A liquor store that’s open on Friday will known if it’s going to be open on Sunday.
Let’s not even go into the subject of dry counties. That’s a post for another day.