Although happy for the recognition, it’s still an uphill climb for a pair of Georgia breweries that were recently honored as a “rock star” for its small business practices.

Reformation Brewery in Woodstock, Georgia and Athens’ Creature Comforts were two of five businesses given the title “Small Business Rock Star” by the the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Georgia Economic Developers Association.

“There are still a lot of very real and significant challenges that small businesses in our industry face in Georgia,” said Creature Comforts CEO Chris Herron. “We are proud of the steps that have been taken to move our industry forward, but there is far more that can be done.”

Georgia and Mississippi are the only two states in the U.S. that do not allow brewery taprooms to sell beer directly to consumers. House Bill 846 has been introduced to the Mississippi legislature for the possibility of direct sales. If it passes it would leave Georgia as the lone state in the Union to not have such a law on the books.

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