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Old 11-10-2012, 04:07 AM   #1
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Default Growler Refill Laws???

I know in CA it is not legal to fill growlers from other breweries. However, in some states.. ID for instance.. they'll fill anything.

Can anyone cite the law that prohibits this in Calif?

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Old 11-10-2012, 04:24 AM   #2
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California Business and Professions Code § 25200. Label; Contents.

All beer sold in this State shall have a label affixed to the package or container thereof, upon which shall appear the true and correct name and address of the manufacturer of the beer, and also the true and correct name of the bottler of the beer if other than the manufacturer. No manufacturer, importer, or wholesaler of beer shall use a container or carton as a package or container of a beer other than such beer as is manufactured by the manufacturer whose name or brand of beer appears upon the container or carton, or use as a package or container of a beer a container or carton which bears the name of a manufacturer of beer or the brand of any beer other than those of the manufacturer of the beer contained in the container or carton.

The really irritating part is what I was saying in your other thread where they will only put the same beer in specifically labelled growlers, which doesn't seem to appear in that law.
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:39 AM   #3
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You'd think a label with a really evil glue would work.

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Ha, they'll even fill corny's here. You leave it overnight, and pick it up the next day.

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Old 11-10-2012, 04:47 AM   #5
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Oh wow this is interesting. I just read that MI has a law that a location must produce beer to fill growlers. So on one hand you can fill a growler with any beer on tap at a place with a brewery, even beers they don't produce but have on tap. And then on the other hand, if a brewing company has something like an additional restaurant where beer is not made, growlers cannot be refilled with any type of beer though pre-filled growlers may be sold.

I always thought it was interesting that some places in Michigan will refill any growler, some will only refill their own, and then a few will not refill at all (maybe just to sell another growler?).

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Old 11-10-2012, 05:00 AM   #6
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Interesting, in NY recently ive found that a alot of the bars i go to are starting to sell "to-go" growlers. Same taps you can drink in the bar but with the growler you can't drink on premise. Im sure its some-sort of self-serve law.

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Az just changed laws from brewery only to pretty much any bar being able to fill them. Most bars aren't though. Ill try to find the article on it

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It is such a dumb law!! As a side note a friend gave me a bunch of growlers from NorCal breweries since she can't fill them anywhere in SoCal. So why do guys think the law was ever put on the books? It seems like only small breweries have growlers and I don't think they much care what the container says.

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I know at least a few breweries have growlers. I picked up a growler at Deschutes this summer. However, it's useless until I go back to Bend next summer. Stone isn't a small brewery and they have them, as does Firestone Walker. I consider all of them at least rather large breweries. Certainly not on the order of BMC's.. but.....

Be interesting to see if that law can be changed. Heck, when I brewed my first batches back in the 60's, brewing beer was illegal. I think it was one of the only things Jimmy Carter did that was worth a cr@p.

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Az just changed laws from brewery only to pretty much any bar being able to fill them. Most bars aren't though. Ill try to find the article on it
Interesting, now I know why Total Wine just added taps and growler filling stations...
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