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Terrapin Beer Company cited for alleged brewery tour violations

Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Beer Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you thought the laws in Florida regarding growler size were ridiculous  wait until you here about the laws in Georgia governing tap rooms.

In an article on the online addition of the Athens Banner-Herald, reporter Nick Coltrain breaks the news that Terrapin Beer Company has been, “cited four times recently by the Georgia Department of Revenue for allegedly violating regulations pertaining to brewery tours.”

To clarify for those who are unfamiliar with the regulations cited. In Georgia, breweries are not allowed to sell beer in their tap rooms. Instead, they may conduct “brewery tours” that must last at least two hours. Beer may be served as samples. But, these samples may not exceed 32 oz. Patrons must also be made aware that they do not have to purchase a glass to participate in the tour.

In short, the breweries are allowed to open their taprooms for two hours a day, give a tour of the brewery and serve samples during the “tour.” What most breweries do is to open their tap room for two hours a day, ask patrons to purchase a souvenir glass that includes drink tickets and enjoy their beer.

John Cochran, president and co-owner of Terrapin, has been active in the state legislature trying to repeal these archaic and patently ridiculous laws. Could that have anything to do with the targeting he seems to have received by the Georgia Department of Revenue? That is mere speculation, but it does seem rather fishy that breweries across the state conduct their tours in the exact same manner without visits from the revenuers.

Read the entire Banner-Herald article here: http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2013-11-03/ga-dept-revenue-charges-terrapin-tour-violations

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2013 in Beer News

 

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Local tour operator and media company collaborate to bring beer tours to Jax and more

A new tour operator based out of Ponte Vedra, Fla. has announced collaboration with Talentino Media. Play Harder Tours (PHT), headed by William Tabone, is offering exciting weekend packages that revolve around two of America’s favorite things: beer and sports. With new partner Talentino Media, founded by Joe and Susanne Talentino, PHT will provide exciting getaways throughout the Southeast and beyond.

“Craft beer is a craft,” Tabone said. And it is for that reason that he focuses his tours on local craft brewers.

Currently planned travel packages include:

  • NFL Road Trip to the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Lions at Jacksonville, Nov. 2 – 5, 2012
  • NFL Road Trip to the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. NY Jets at Jacksonville, Dec. 7 – 10, 2012
  • New Orleans Mardi Gras, Jan. 25 – 28, 2013
  • Las Vegas Super Bowl Weekend, Jan. 31 – Feb 4, 2013
  • New Orleans French Quarter Festival Apr. 11 – 14, 2013

Other destinations that are still in the planning stages and will be announced soon include Savannah, Tampa, and Atlanta.

Itineraries for the Jacksonville NFL Road Trips include accommodations for three nights in Jacksonville Beach near numerous restaurants and nightlife opportunities. On Friday night guests will have an opportunity to meet other guests at a “Meet & Mingle” welcome dinner that takes place at Joe’s Crab Shack steps away from the Atlantic Ocean. Saturday guests take an interesting and fun guided bus tour to four Jacksonville craft beer breweries. Stops include a free pint of beer and tours of the facilities at Intuition Ale Works, Bold City Brewing Company, Green Room Brewing Company, and Engine 15 Brewing Company. On game day, guests will enjoy a catered tailgate party prior to the game at the Pepsi Tailgate Cabanas with beer included at no additional charge.

Future packages to other cities will include similar itineraries with the focus on fun, food, and beer. Next year Tabone has aspirations to put together tours to beer festivals throughout the nation with festival tickets, brewery dinners, and accommodations. He is even investigating putting together packages to London, Belgium, and Amsterdam next year when the Jaguars play in the U.K.

Talentino Media is a Jacksonville based media and production company founded by Joe and Susanne Talentino, creators of CW17’s weekly television program “I Know Jax,” which features a weekly Happy Hour segment featuring The Beer Guy discussing craft beer. Talentino media also produces Coastal Companion.com, a website for visitors and residents focusing on fun things to do on the coast of South Carolina, Georgia and Northeast Florida. Play Harder Tours is a Ponte Vedra Beach based travel provider with tours centered on craft beer and sporting events.  Together the Talentino/PHT collaboration will work to expand the scope of the tours to eventually include food and musical events.  Talentino Media will spearhead the online and television promotion of travel packages while Play Harder Tours will be responsible for all coordination, booking, and implementation with the goal of safe responsible travel for people that like to have fun

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Beer, Craft Beer Brewery, Travel

 

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