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Free beer samples to be offered at city events

SNELLVILLE – February 17, 2014. Free samples of homebrewed beer may be a common sight at city events following the unanimous passage by mayor and council of the Homebrew Special Events Ordinance February 10, 2014.


The city is now able to “authorize and permit special events within the city of Snellville for contests, gatherings, judging, and tastings of homebrewed malt beverages.”

“Homebrew Special Events” is defined as any contest, gathering, judging, tasting, or other similar event that occurs at a location outside of private residences and which otherwise do not constitute “licensed” premises whereby different malt beverages that have been manufactured in a private residence are sampled, compared, and consumed by participants in and judges of such events for awards, money, prizes, recognition or any other valuable consideration, according to the ordinance.

The events shall only be held during legal hours for drinking malt beverages on premises.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages at the event is limited solely to homebrewed malt beverages produced pursuant to the new rule. Consumption of other alcoholic beverages is prohibited in the designated event area. Homebrewed drinks cannot be sold, offered for sale, or made available for consumption by the general public and they are not to be taken from the event site. Permits for giving out homebrewed beverages will be authorized by the city Department of Planning and Zoning and will cost $50 and will be valid for six events per year.