The petitioner has requested that the board allow the use of growlers, reusable containers for the sale of beer, by gourmet shop licensees. Currently, only persons licensed to sell beer for both on- and off-premises consumption may sell beer in growlers, under the provisions of 3 VAC 5-40-40.This change would make it possible for retailers to offer "draft" beer to customers to carry home. It would help make "draft-only" craft beers more readily available, and make it easier for Virginia's small brewers to make their products available to more people. Growlers are economical too, so this is a winning proposition!
The ABC board is accepting public comment through October 30, 2011.