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Atlanta Among Georgia Cities Starting Sunday Beer Sales on January 1, 2012

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Road Tripsfor Beer photo by Tonya VotsA whole slew of Georgia cities and municipalities will start allowing package sales of beer and other adult libations beginning January 1, 2012, the first time in decades that they’ve been able to legally do so on a Sunday.

Among the cities are Atlanta and other metro Atlanta communities, Valdosta, Savannah and Clayton, according to local news site 11alive.com.

In early 2011, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill that allowed the Sunday liquor sales referendums to proceed, leading the way to the end of a statewide ban on Sunday package sales that had been in place since the late 1800s. When elections came around in November, Sunday alcohol sales were approved  by more than 80 percent of voters in some cities, including Atlanta.

Some communities have already started the Sunday liquor sales.

But Sunday beer sales in Georgia will remain sporadic through the state as nearly 500 other jurisdictions are expected to vote on the issue in 2012.

The best advice we can give road trippers is to find the number of a liquor store where you hope to buy some local brews when you’re passing through on a Sunday, and call ahead to see if they are allowed to sell it.

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