The growing number of quality beer bars and retailers will soon be able to sell growlers of beer just like the breweries. Right now, only breweries are able to sell growlers and they are restricted to selling the brands that they brew or contract brew. Bars like Flanny's are not able to sell growlers. Places like Papago Brewing and 1702--beer bars that either brew on premise or by contract--were restricted to selling beer from their own product line. Want a growler of Elsie's from Papago? Sure. Stone Arrogant Bastard? No Dice.
This made little sense to the consumer and probably to many beer bars.
Enter HB 2606, an omnibus bill which amends Title 4 of the Arizona Revised Statutes and has a mix of new definitions and clarifying language. There is this particularly relevant amendment to §4-244 Unlawful acts and the exemptions that allow us to buy and take beer off-premises:
c) A Bar, Beer And Wine Bar, Liquor Store, Beer And Wine Store Or Domestic Microbrewery Licensee Who Dispenses Beer Only In A Clean Glass Container With A Maximum Capacity That Does Not Exceed One Gallon And Not For Consumption On The Premises As Long As:
There is a provision for the Department to report to the Governor and the Legislature on July 1, 2015 on the effects of this particular amendment.(i) The Licensee Or The Licensee's Employee Fills The Container At The Tap At The Time Of Sale.(ii) The Container Is Sealed With A Plastic Adhesive And Displays A Government Warning Label.(iii) The Dispensing Of That Beer Is Not Done Through A Drive-Through Or Walk-Up Service Window.
- The inclusion of bars, liquor stores and beer and wine stores means that all taps are legally OK.
- There is no self service (I can live with that).
- There is a government warning label required, but no branding requirement (looking at you California).
- No drive through service. That seems restrictive, just for the sake of restrictions or perhaps a kowtow to MADD.
The glass thing was not as forward thinking. We're on the verge of the era of Stainless Steel growlers. Our environment here is unforgivable when it comes to glass. Parks and outdoor areas ban glass and rightly so.
My message to you is don't mess this up. Don't sneak glass into places where it is banned. There is very little in the way of craft beer litter on the sides of Arizona's Highways. Don't make me go all CSI (fingerprint ENHANCE!) on you if I see a broken growler.
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We welcome anyone who can help us parse through any of this legal word salad.
Hat tip to RK!