What you need to know about beer growler laws in your state

Before you buy your fancy new craft beer or real ale container, we recommend you check the list below for rules on beer growlers in your state*

We’ve cut and paste the exact verbiage from the laws to help you work out what’s what.   

Alabama

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: No
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: No
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No — In Alabama, a “growler” is interpreted as draft beer, not as a container nor as a keg. Code of Ala. § 28-3-1 (7) Container.  The single bottle, can, keg, bag, or other receptacle, not a carton, in which alcoholic beverages are originally packaged for the market by the manufacturer or importer and from which the alcoholic beverage is consumed by or dispensed to the public.

 

Alaska

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No

 

Arizona

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No — Growlers are defined by TTB’s standard.

 

 

Arkansas

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: No
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No

 

California

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes*
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:No*
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:No — Cal Bus & Prof Code § 23028. “Package” means any container or receptacle used for holding alcoholic beverages which is corked or sealed with a stub, stopper, cap, or in any other manner.

 

Colorado

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: No
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No — C.R.S. 12-47-103 (33)  “Sealed containers” means any container or receptacle used for holding an alcohol beverage, which container or receptacle is corked or sealed with any stub, stopper, or cap.

Connecticut

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:No — No given definition of “container” or “bottle.”

 

Delaware

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:Yes — 4 Del. C. § 516 “ . . . growler filler permit which allows a licensee to purchase beer by the keg or partial keg and fill containers at time of purchase which will then be capped to leave the licensed premises for consumption off of the premises.”

 

District of Columbia

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:Yes — D.C. Code § 25-101. (24B) “Growler” means a reusable container that is capable of holding up to 64 fluid ounces of beer and is designed to be filled and sealed on premises for consumption off premises.”

 

 

Florida

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:Yes — Notwithstanding any other provision of the Beverage Law, a malt beverage may be packaged in a growler, which is an individual container that holds 32, 64, or 128 ounces of such malt beverage if it is filled at the point of sale. (a) A growler may be filled or refilled by any of the following: 1. A licensed manufacturer of malt beverages holding a vendor’s license under s. 561.221(2). 2. A vendor holding a quota license under s. 561.20(1) or s. 565.02(1)(a) that authorizes the sale of malt beverages. 3. A vendor holding a license under s. 563.02(1)(b)-(f), s. 564.02(1)(b)-(f), or s. 565.02(1)(b)-(f), unless such license restricts the sale of malt beverages to sale for consumption only on the premises of such vendor. (b) A growler must include an imprint or label that provides information specifying the name of the manufacturer, the brand, and the anticipated percentage of alcohol by volume of the malt beverage. The container must have an unbroken seal or be incapable of being immediately consumed. © A licensee authorized to fill or refill growlers may not use growlers for the purposes of distribution or sale outside of the licensed manufacturing premises or licensed vendor premises. Fla. Stat. § 563.06(7)

 

Georgia

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: No
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: No
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: Yes — Growlers are permitted by municipality. Growlers explicitly allowed in Peachtree City, Kennesaw, Fayetteville, Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, Snellville, Stockbridge, Conyers, Duluth, Alpharetta, Fairburn, Forsyth, Milton, Sandy Springs. Growlers are only allowed for certain types of non-brewpub and non-brewery retail licenses (i.e. retailers that don’t sell liquor). Growlers allowing Peachtree City, per Georgia Code of Ordinances Sec. 6-55. Growler Sampling Permit: (a) A growler sampling permit for purposes of this section shall be limited to a person possessing a current license from the city for the sale of malt beverages by the package and a valid current malt beverage license from the state. (b) No growler sampling shall be conducted on the premises of any place of business licensed to sell distilled spirits in the unbroken container. Any growler sampling occurring on the premises shall meet the requirements set forth in subsection (g) below. © Subject to the restrictions herein, an eligible growler retailer may petition the city for a growler sampling permit provided it meets all requirements of the city’s alcohol beverage ordinance and presently maintains a valid license for the sale of malt beverages by the package issued by the city. A growler sampling permit shall allow the permittee to offer or sell malt beverage samples in connection with an instructional or educational promotion, upon the request of a customer, or as part of a promotion. A growlersampling permit is intended to allow such activity on a limited basis to allow customers to taste small samples of unfamiliar or new malt beverages sold in growlers by the permittee. (d) A growler sampling permittee shall be subject to all laws, rules and regulations of the city and state, including rule 560-2-5-.05 of the state department of revenue, alcohol and tobacco division, and shall be subject to permit revocation for violation thereof. € Said growler sampling permit need only be applied for once and shall automatically renew when said license to sell malt beverages by the package is renewed. Provided, however, that the city may revoke or suspend such growler sampling permit and/or impose such conditions on its operation at the city’s discretion for violation of this Code or in furtherance of the health, safety and welfare of the city’s inhabitants. (f) The one-time fee for application for the growler sampling permit shall be equal to the established fee for applications for a change in license. (g) Growler sampling permits shall be limited to growler retailers who obtain a permit from the city and who execute samplings pursuant to the following restrictions: (1) Samples shall be provided on limited occasions when a customer requests and purchases a sample of a malt beverage offered for sale in a growler on the premises or in conjunction with a presentation designed to promote malt beverage appreciation or education, or a promotion sponsored by the permittee. (2) No customer shall receive via samples more than eight ounces of specialty malt beverages from any licensee per day, and the licensee shall not serve any individual sample that exceeds two ounces. (3) Samples are restricted to malt beverages dispensed from a tap and sold in growler form. No samples of bottled beer shall be provided. (4) Only the licensee or an agent thereof shall open, handle, and serve opened packages, growlers, or kegs, and individual samples shall only be poured by the licensee or an employee thereof. (5) Customers shall not remove opened packages or unsealed growlers from the premises. (6) The holder of a growler sampling permit may conduct educational classes and sampling classes for class participants. Such events shall be limited to no more than twice per week and shall not exceed two consecutive hours in length. All conditions of sampling set forth herein shall apply to such classes. (7) Growler sampling permittees are prohibited from selling distilled spirits, vehicular fuel. No growler sampling permit shall be granted to any retail consumption licensee. Applicable to upper hierarchy: Local permit or license required for wholesale or retail sales of alcoholic beverages, O.C.G.A. § 3-3-2(a); governing authority to set forth ascertainable standards pertaining to the granting, refusal, suspension or revocation of alcoholic beverage permits or licenses, O.C.G.A. § 3-3-2(b)(1). Also, Kennesaw, Georgia Code of Ordinances § Sec. 6-111 Sale and refilling of growlers. (a) The sale and refilling of growlers in compliance with this chapter is authorized for establishments holding a growler license issued pursuant to section 6-52(h) of this Code. (b) The filling of growlers by means of a tapped keg shall not constitute the breaking of a package as contemplated by O.C.G.A. § 3-3-26 or any provision or section of this Code. © Growlers may only be filled from kegs or containers procured by the licensee from a duly licensed wholesaler. (d) Growlers may only be filled with a malt beverage, craft beer, or hard cider. € Only growlers that are properly sanitized may be filled and made available for retail sale. It shall be the responsibility of the entity filling the growler to sanitize such growler prior to filling it. (f) Each growler must be securely sealed and removed from the premises in its original sealed condition. Each growler shall bear a twist-type closure, cork, stopper, or plug. At the time of the sale and/or refilling, a paper or plastic adhesive band, strip, or sleeve shall be applied to the container or bottle and extend over the top of the twist-type closure, cork, stopper, or plug forming a seal that must be broken upon opening of the container or bottle. The adhesive band, strip, or sleeve shall bear the name and address of the business filling the growler. The containers or bottles shall be identified as a malt beverage or craft beer, contain the name of the malt beverage or craft beer, and bear the name, address and telephone number of the business selling the malt beverage or craft beer. (g) Each growler filled with a malt beverage or craft beer must contain the following warning label: “GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a care or operate machinery, and may cause health problems.” It shall be the responsibility of the entity filing the growler to assure each growler has, on its exterior, a warning label containing the language set forth in this subsection. (h) Consumption of the contents of any growler on the premises where it was filled is strictly prohibited. However, the licensee may provide samples of any malt beverages or craft beer on tap. Each such sample shall not exceed one fluid ounce. The licensee shall not serve more than three samples to any individual within a 24-hour period. (i) Sales of growlers shall be limited to the legal hours during which the licensee may sell such alcoholic beverages and must be removed from the premises before the applicable closing time. (j) Any person filling a growler with a malt beverage or craft beer, or handling a growler after filled the growler is filled with either a malt beverage or craft beer must have a server license issued by the city in conformance with the provisions of Chapter 6, Alcoholic Beverages, of this Code. (k) The refilling of growlers shall not be a violation of section 6-102 of this Code. State law application: Georgia Alcoholic Beverage Code, O.C.G.A. § 3-1-1 et seq.

 

Hawaii

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:No
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:Yes — HRS § 281-31 (n) (5) May sell malt beverages manufactured on the licensee’s premises to consumers in brewery-sealed kegs and growlers for off-premises consumption; provided that for purposes of this paragraph, “growler” means a glass container, not to exceed one half-gallon, which shall be securely sealed. See also HRS § 281-31 (n) (6) containing broader language within the Brewpub law: May sell malt beverages manufactured on the licensee’s premises in recyclable containers provided by the licensee or by the consumer which do not exceed one gallon per container and are securely sealed on the licensee’s premises to consumers for off-premises consumption.

 

Idaho

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:No — Growlers are currently viewed as a bottle within Idaho Code § 23-1030, however “bottle” holds no definition within the statues.

 

Illinois

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:No
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:Yes — Growlers are issued by municipality and are permitted in Plainfield, Mundelein, Grayslake counties. Sec. 1-3.06.  “Original package” means any bottle, flask, jug, can, cask, barrel, keg, hogshead or other receptacle or container, whatsoever, used, corked or capped, sealed and labelled by the manufacturer of alcoholic liquor, to contain and to convey any alcoholic liquor.

Indiana

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:No — Container. Burns Ind. Code Ann. § 7.1-1-3-13. The term “container” means a receptacle in which an alcoholic beverage is immediately contained and with which the alcoholic beverage contained in it is in immediate contact.

 

Iowa

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:No
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:No — Iowa Code Ann. § 123.3 31. “Package” means any container or receptacle used for holding alcoholic liquor. However, the statutes use “container” interchangeably and without an established definition.

 

Kansas

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: No
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No — K.S.A. § 41-102 (t)  “Original package” means any bottle, flask, jug, can, cask, barrel, keg, hogshead or other receptacle or container whatsoever, used, corked or capped, sealed and labeled by the manufacturer of alcoholic liquor, to contain and to convey any alcoholic liquor. Original container does not include a sleeve.

 

Kentucky

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:No — KRS § 241.010 (44)  “Retail container” means any bottle, can, barrel, or other container which, without a separable intermediate container, holds alcoholic beverages and is suitable and destined for sale to a retail outlet, whether it is suitable for delivery to the consumer or not; (45)  “Retail outlet” means retailer, hotel, motel, restaurant, railroad dining car, club, and any facility where alcoholic beverages are sold directly to the consumers;

 

Louisiana

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No

 

Maine

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: No
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No

 

Maryland

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: Yes — Md. Ann. Code art. 2B, § 2-209. 2.  Consumption of beer off the licensed farm if the beer is packaged in sealed or resealable containers, such as growlers;

Massachusetts

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:No — “A pub brewer may sell at retail by the bottle, not to exceed two gallons, to consumers for consumption off the pub brewery premises, malt beverages or malt beverage products produced by the pub brewery and sold under the pub brewery brand name in accordance with such rules and regulations as the commission may prescribe.” ALM GL ch. 138 § 19D(h)

 

Michigan

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: Yes — MCLS § 436.1537 (11)(b)  “Growler” means any clean, refillable, resealable container that is exclusively intended, and used only, for the sale of beer for consumption off the premises and that has a liquid capacity that does not exceed 1 gallon.

 

Minnesota

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: No
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: Yes — The malt liquor shall be packed in 64-ounce containers commonly known as “growlers” or in 750 milliliter bottles. The containers or bottles shall bear a twist-type closure, cork, stopper, or plug. At the time of the sale, a paper or plastic adhesive band, strip, or sleeve shall be applied to the container or bottle and extended over the top of the twist-type closure, cork, stopper, or plug forming a seal that must be broken upon opening of the container or bottle. The adhesive band, strip, or sleeve shall bear the name and address of the brewer. The containers or bottles shall be identified as malt liquor, contain the name of the malt liquor, bear the name and address of the brewer selling the malt liquor, and shall be considered intoxicating liquor unless the alcoholic content is labeled as otherwise in accordance with the provisions of Minnesota Rules, part 7515.1100. Minn. Stat. § 340A.301

 

 

 

Mississippi

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: No
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No

 

Missouri

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes*
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No — § 311.196 R.S.Mo.

 

Montana

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: Yes — 16-1-106, MCA (11) “Growler” means any refillable, resealable container complying with federal law.

 

Nabraska

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:No
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:No — R.R.S. Neb. § 53-103.27. Original package means any bottle, flask, jug, can, cask, barrel, keg, hogshead, or other receptacle or container used, corked or capped, sealed, and labeled by the manufacturer of alcoholic liquor to contain and to convey any alcoholic liquor.

 

Nevada

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: No*
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No — Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 369.050. “Original package” defined. As used in this chapter, “original package” means any container or receptacle first used for holding liquor, which container or receptacle is sealed.

 

New Hampshire

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: No
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No

 

New Jersey

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:No — N.J. Stat. § 33:1-1 e. “Container.” Any glass, can, bottle, vessel or receptacle of any material whatsoever used for holding alcoholic beverages, which container is covered, corked or sealed in any manner whatsoever. See also N.J. Stat. § 33:1-1 q. “Original container.” Any container in which an alcoholic beverage has been delivered to a retail licensee.

 

New Mexico

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:No
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:No
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:No

 

New York

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No

 

North Carolina

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: Yes — 04 NCAC 02T .0308 GROWLERS. (a)  As used in this Rule, a growler is a refillable rigid glass, plastic, aluminum or stainless steel container with a flip-top or screw-on lid that is no larger than 2 liters (0.5283 gallons) into which a malt beverage is prefilled, filled or refilled for off-premises consumption. (b)  Holders of only a brewery permit may sell, deliver and ship growlers prefilled with the brewery’s malt beverage for off-premises consumption provided a label is affixed to the growler that accurately provides the information as required by Rules .0303(a) and .0305 of this Section. (c)  Holders of retail permits pursuant to G.S. 18B-1001(1), (2) or (16), who do not hold a brewery permit, shall not prefill growlers with malt beverage. (d)  Holders of a brewery permit that also have retail permits pursuant to G.S. 18B-1001(1), may fill or refill growlers on demand with the brewery’s malt beverage for off-premises consumption provided the label as required by Rules .0303(b) and .0305 of this Section is affixed to the growler. (e)  Holders of retail permits pursuant to G.S. 18B-1001(1), (2) or (16), may fill or refill growlers on demand with draft malt beverage for off-premises consumption provided the label as required by Rules .0303(b) and .0305 of this Section is affixed to the growler. (f)  Holders of retail permits pursuant to G.S. 18B-1001(1), (2) or (16), shall affix a label as required by Rules .0303(b) and .0305 of this Section to the growler when filling or refilling a growler. (g)  Holders of retail permits pursuant to G.S. 18B-1001(1), (2) or (16), may, in their discretion, refuse to fill or refill a growler, except in matters of discrimination pursuant to G.S. 18B-305(c). See also N.C. Gen. Stat. § 18B-1001. Kinds of ABC permits; places eligible When the issuance of the permit is lawful in the jurisdiction in which the premises are located, the Commission may issue the following kinds of permits: (1) On-Premises Malt Beverage Permit. — An on-premises malt beverage permit authorizes (i) the retail sale of malt beverages for consumption on the premises, (ii) the retail sale of malt beverages in the manufacturer’s original container for consumption off the premises, and (iii) the retail sale of malt beverages in a cleaned, sanitized, resealable container as defined in 4 NCAC 2T.0308(a) that is filled or refilled and sealed for consumption off the premises, complies with 4 NCAC 2T.0303, 4 NCAC 2T.0305, and 4 NCAC 2T.0308(d)-(e), and the container identifies the permittee and the date the container was filled or refilled. It also authorizes the holder of the permit to ship malt beverages in closed containers to individual purchasers inside and outside the State. The permit may be issued for any of the following: a. Restaurants; b. Hotels; c. Eating establishments; d. Food businesses; e. Retail businesses; f. Private clubs; g. Convention centers; h. Community theatres; i. Breweries as authorized by G.S. 18B-1104(7). (2) Off-Premises Malt Beverage Permit. — An off-premises malt beverage permit authorizes (i) the retail sale of malt beverages in the manufacturer’s original container for consumption off the premises, (ii) the retail sale of malt beverages in a cleaned, sanitized, resealable container as defined in 4 NCAC 2T.0308(a) that is filled or refilled and sealed for consumption off the premises, complies with 4 NCAC 2T.0303, 4 NCAC 2T.0305, and 4 NCAC 2T.0308(d)-(e), and the container identifies the permittee and the date the container was filled or refilled, and (iii) the holder of the permit to ship malt beverages in closed containers to individual purchasers inside and outside the State. The permit may be issued for any of the following: a. Restaurants; b. Hotels; c. Eating establishments; d. Food businesses; e. Retail businesses. (16) Wine Shop Permit. — A wine shop permit authorizes (i) the retail sale of malt beverages, unfortified wine, and fortified wine in the manufacturer’s original container for consumption off the premises, (ii) the retail sale of malt beverages in a cleaned, sanitized, resealable container as defined in 4 NCAC 2T.0308(a) that is filled or refilled and sealed for consumption off the premises, complies with 4 NCAC 2T.0303, 4 NCAC 2T.0305, and 4 NCAC 2T.0308(d)-(e), and the container identifies the permittee and the date the container was filled or refilled, and (iii) wine tastings on the premises conducted and supervised by the permittee in accordance with subdivision (15) of this section. It also authorizes the holder of the permit to ship malt beverages, unfortified wine, and fortified wine in closed containers to individual purchasers inside and outside the State. The permit may be issued for retail businesses whose primary purpose is selling malt beverages and wine for consumption off the premises and regularly and customarily educating consumers through tastings, classes, and seminars about the selection, serving, and storing of wine. The holder of the permit is authorized to sell unfortified wine for consumption on the premises, provided that the sale of wine for consumption on the premises does not exceed forty percent (40%) of the establishment’s total sales for any 30-day period. The holder of a wine-tasting permit not engaged in the preparation or sale of food on the premises is not subject to Part 6 of Article 8 of Chapter 130A of the General Statutes. SEE ALSO 4 N.C.A.C. 2T.0309 GROWLERS: CLEANING, SANITIZING, FILLING AND SEALING. (a) Filling and refilling growlers will only occur on demand by a customer. (b) Growlers shall only be filled or refilled by a permittee or the permittee’s employee. (c) Prior to filling or refilling a growler, the growler and its cap shall be cleaned and sanitized by the permittee or the permittee’s employee using one of the following methods: (1) Manual washing in a three compartment sink: (A) Prior to starting, clean sinks and work area to remove any chemicals, oils or grease from other cleaning activities; (B) Empty residual liquid from the growler to a drain. Growlers shall not be emptied into the cleaning water; (C) Clean the growler and cap in water and detergent. Water temperature shall be at a minimum 110F or the temperature specified on the cleaning agent manufacturer’s label instructions. Detergent shall not be fat or oil based. (D) Remove any residues on the interior and exterior of the growler and cap; (E) Rinse the growler and cap in the middle compartment with water. Rinsing may be from the spigot with a spray arm, from a spigot or from the tub as long as the water for rinsing shall not be stagnant but shall be continually refreshed; (F) Sanitize the growler and cap in the third compartment. Chemical sanitizer shall be used in accordance with the EPA-registered label use instructions and shall meet the minimum water temperature requirements of that chemical; and (G) A test kit or other device that accurately measures the concentration in mg/L of chemical sanitizing solutions shall be provided and be readily accessible for use; or (2) Mechanical washing and sanitizing machine: (A) Mechanical washing and sanitizing machines shall be provided with an easily accessible and readable data plate affixed to the machine by the manufacturer and shall be used according to the machine’s design and operation specifications; (B) Mechanical washing and sanitizing machines shall be equipped with chemical or hot water sanitization; (C) Concentration of the sanitizing solution or the water temperature shall be accurately determined by using a test kit or other device; and (D) The machine shall be regularly serviced based upon the manufacturer’s or installer’s guidelines; (d) Notwithstanding Paragraph (b), a growler may be filled or refilled without cleaning and sanitizing the growler as follows: (1) Filling or refilling a growler with a tube as referenced by Paragraph (e): (A) Food grade sanitizer shall be used in accordance with the EPA-registered label use instructions; (B) A container of liquid food grade sanitizer shall be maintained for no more than 10 malt beverage taps that will be used for filling and refilling growlers; (C) Each container shall contain no less than five tubes that will be used only for filling and refilling growlers; (D) The growler is inspected visually for contamination; (E) The growler is filled or refilled with a tube as described in Paragraph (e); (F) After each filling or refilling of a growler, the tube shall be immersed in the container with the liquid food grade sanitizer; and (G) A different tube from the container shall be used for each fill or refill of a growler; or (2) Filling a growler with a contamination-free process: (A) The growler is inspected visually for contamination; (B) The growler shall only be filled or refilled by a permittee or the permittee’s employee; and (C) Is otherwise in compliance with the FDA Food Code 2009, Section 3-304.17(c). (e) Growlers shall be filled or refilled from the bottom of the growler to the top with a tube that is attached to the malt beverage faucet and extends to the bottom of the growler or with a commercial filling machine. (f) When not in use, tubes to fill or refill growlers shall be immersed and stored in a container with liquid food grade sanitizer. (g) After filling or refilling a growler, the growler shall be sealed with a cap.

North Dakota

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: No
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No — N.D. Cent. Code, § 5-01-01. 4.  “Bottle or can” means any container, regardless of the material from which made, having a capacity less than a bulk container for use for the sale of malt beverages at retail.

 

Ohio

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No — (6)  “Sealed container” means any container having a capacity of not more than one hundred twenty-eight fluid ounces, the opening of which is closed to prevent the entrance of air. ORC Ann. 4301.01

 

Oklahoma

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: No
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No — 37 Okl. St. § 506. 26.  “Original package” means any container of alcoholic beverage filled and stamped or sealed by the manufacturer; 37 Okl. St. § 584. Refilling container with certain substances prohibited. No holder of a mixed beverage, beer and wine, caterer, special event, or airline/railroad beverage license shall refill with any substance a container which contained any alcoholic beverage on which the tax levied by Section 553 of this title has been paid. “Retail container” applies to spirits and wines: 37 Okl. St. § 506 33. “Retail container for spirits and wines” means an original package of any capacity approved by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Growlers are limited to 3.2% ABW. Note: Beer must be at room temperature when sold from a packing store. Also, any beer over 3.2% is considered “Strong Beer” and not “low-point beer”

 

Oregon

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: No
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No — Official growler clarification: http://www.oregon.gov/olcc/docs/publications/growlers.pdf. On June 26, 2013, the Governor signed Senate Bill 795 into law. Senate Bill 795 amended ORS 471.190 to allow the holder of a Temporary Sales License to sell wine, malt beverages, and cider in both factory-sealed containers and securely-covered containers provided by the consumer, also known as growlers, provided that the grower does not hold more than two gallons of liquid. Senate Bill 795 contains an emergency clause making it effective upon passage.

Pensylvannia

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:No
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:No — “CONTAINER” shall mean and include any receptacle, vessel or form of package, tank, vat, cask, barrel, drum, keg, can, bottle or conduit used or capable of use for holding, storing, transferring or shipment of alcohol, liquor or malt or brewed beverages. 47 P.S. § 1-102. See also “ORIGINAL CONTAINER” shall mean all bottles, casks, kegs or other suitable containers that have been securely capped, sealed or corked by the manufacturer of malt or brewed beverages at the place of manufacture, with the name and address of the manufacturer of the malt or brewed beverages contained or to be contained therein permanently affixed to the bottle, cask, keg or other container, or in the case of a bottle or can, to the cap or cork used in sealing the same or to a label securely affixed to a bottle or can. See also “PACKAGE” shall mean any container or containers or receptacle or receptacles used for holding liquor or alcohol as marketed by the manufacturer. See also 47 P.S. § 4-440. Sales by manufacturers of malt or brewed beverages; minimum quantities. A manufacturer may sell malt or brewed beverages produced and owned by the manufacturer to individuals on the licensed premises for consumption on the licensed premises where sold only if it complies with the conditions and regulations placed upon holders of brewery licenses under section 446(a)(1). A manufacturer also may sell any malt or brewed beverages produced and owned by the manufacturer to individuals on the licensed premises for consumption off the licensed premises in containers or packages of unlimited quantity and of any volume. No manufacturer may maintain or operate within the Commonwealth any place or places other than the place or places covered by his or its license where malt or brewed beverages are sold or where orders are taken.

 

Rhode Island

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:No
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:Yes — A brewpub may sell at retail alcoholic beverages produced on the premises by the half-gallon bottle known as a “growler” to consumers for off the premises consumption to be sold pursuant to the laws governing retail Class A establishments. R.I. Gen. Laws § 3-6-1.2

 

South Carolina

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No

 

South Dakota

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No — (12)  “Off-sale,” the sale of any alcoholic beverage, for consumption off the premises where sold; see also S.D. Codified Laws § 35-1-1 (15) “Package,” the bottle or immediate container of any alcoholic beverage; (16) “Package dealer,” any person other than a distiller, manufacturer, or wholesaler, who sells, or keeps for sale, any alcoholic beverage for consumption off the premises where sold;

Tennessee

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No

Texas

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: No
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No — 16 TAC § 45.71 (4)  Container–Any can, bottle, barrel, keg, or other closed receptacle, irrespective of size or of the material from which made, for use for the sale of malt beverages at retail. This provision does not in any way relax or modify § 1.04(18) of the Alcoholic Beverage Code. SEE ALSO Tex. Alco. Bev. Code § 1.04 (18)  “Original package,” as applied to beer, means a container holding beer in bulk, or any box, crate, carton, or other device used in packing beer that is contained in bottles or other containers.

Utah

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:No
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:No — Utah Code Ann. § 32B-1-102 (23)  “Container” means a receptacle that contains an alcoholic product, including: (a)  a bottle; (b)  a vessel; or (c)  a similar item. (32)  (a) Subject to Subsection (32)(b), “dispense” means: (i)  drawing of an alcoholic product: (A)  from an area where it is stored; or (B)  as provided in Subsection 32B-6-205(12)(b)(ii), 32B-6-305(12)(b)(ii), 32B-6-805(15)(b)(ii), or 32B-6-905(12)(b)(ii); and (ii)  using the alcoholic product described in Subsection (32)(a)(i) on the premises of the licensed premises to mix or prepare an alcoholic product to be furnished to a patron of the retail licensee. (b)  The definition of “dispense” in this Subsection (32) applies only to: (i)  a full-service restaurant license; (ii)  a limited-service restaurant license; (iii)  a reception center license; and (iv)  a beer-only restaurant license. Utah Code Ann. § 32B-1-102 (45)  (a) “Heavy beer” means a product that: (i)  contains more than 4% alcohol by volume; and (ii)  is obtained by fermentation, infusion, or decoction of malted grain. (b)  “Heavy beer” is considered liquor for the purposes of this title.

 

Vermont

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No

Virginia

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: Yes — “Container” means any barrel, bottle, carton, keg, vessel or other receptacle used for holding alcoholic beverages.

 

Washington

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No

 

West Virginia

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: Yes — (7)  “Growler” means a glass ceramic or metal container or jug, capable of being securely sealed, utilized by a brewpub for purposes of off-premise sales of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer for personal consumption not on a licensed premise and not for resale. W. Va. Code § 11-16-3. See also: (8) “Nonintoxicating beer” means all natural cereal malt beverages or products of the brewing industry commonly referred to as beer, lager beer, ale and all other mixtures and preparations produced by the brewing industry, including malt coolers and nonintoxicating craft beers with no caffeine infusion or any additives masking or altering the alcohol effect containing at least one half of one percent alcohol by volume, but not more than nine and six-tenths of alcohol by weight, or twelve percent by volume, whichever is greater. The word “liquor” as used in chapter sixty of this code does not include or embrace nonintoxicating beer nor any of the beverages, products, mixtures or preparations included within this definition. W. Va. Code § 11-16-3. Also: (11) “Nonintoxicating craft beer” means any beverage obtained by the natural fermentation of barley, malt, hops or any other similar product or substitute and containing not less than one half of one percent by volume and not more than twelve percent alcohol by volume or nine and six-tenths percent alcohol by weight with no caffeine infusion or any additives masking or altering the alcohol effect.

 

Wisconsin

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?:Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?:Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?:No — “Original containers” is the statutory term used, but is not defined within the statute.

Wyoming

  • Are growlers allowed under manufacturer license?: Yes
  • Are growlers allowed under brewpub license?: Yes*
  • Are growlers allowed under retailer license?: Yes
  • Is there actual verbiage about growlers in the state’s statute? If so, what exactly does it say?: No

 

 

*This information was accurate when it was published but don’t take it as legal advice. Consider it a guide, to which you should add your own research.

Why you need to consider a Stainless Steel vs Glass Beer Growler

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The dizzying array of beer growlers out there can make it tough to work out what one is best for you.

Here we look at the benefits of a stainless steel beer growler over its glass counterpart.

Stainless steel

pros

  • Durable
  • Generally easier to clean
  • Easier to find with fancy gadgets already attached

Cons

  • Can feel a bit delicate in hand
  • Not the best at maintaining temperature

 

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Stainless steel is nothing new in the beer growler world, but it has a distinctly unorthodox feel to it. It just doesn’t quite chime with what the traditional mental image of a growler is (generally speaking, a big bottle with XXX emblazoned across the front).

That being said, stainless steel rigs offer things that glass just can’t. Steel doesn’t shatter, so if you’re transporting your beer by bike – to a picnic, say – then the added comfort that comes with knowing you won’t be covered in glass if you come off is nice.

Stainless steel beer growlers are better placed to take extra gadgets and gizmos too, like built in C02 taps which effectively turns it into a mini-keg. Awesome for tailgating and BBQs.

On the other hand, stainless steel is generally not particularly good at maintaining the temperature of your fluid. This is fine for real ales, which are generally drunk at room temp, but for craft beers this can be a disaster.

There are some which have insulation to keep the temperature more constant, though expect to pay up for that.

Glass

pros

  • Good, solid feel in hand
  • Maintains temperature well

Cons

  • Shattered glass is far from the best
  • Bulky and heavy

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Glass has a much more classic feel to it. Something that helps this is how heavy many glass beer growlers are. This is due to many glass rigs being manufactured to be half an inch thick in some cases to add to the opaqueness of the glass (and prevent your beer from catching too much sun) and to give the container durability.

The downside of this, of course, is weight. Glass beer growlers are not optimal if you’re planning on hiking all day and then camping out with some fresh brews.

Glass also shatters, which is far from the best. Worth remembering if you’re buying the growler for bike rides. The thick glass also generally means thin necks too, which can make cleaning them a pain.

Conclusion

As with most things beer growler, it comes down to what you’re using it for. Planning on getting something to hold your ale in the boot of your car during a tailgate? Glass if your material.

Want something you can port around town on a bike and will drink from fairly quickly? Stainless steel is your man.

 

What do you think? do you agree with us? Let us know below.