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Old 02-03-2010, 08:33 PM   #1
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I have called around to a few brewpubs and some will fill them (Luck Lab, Alameda). However, Widmer said no and that very few places in Portland will fill them. Don't know if I believe Widmer on that. Does anyone know who in Portland will fill cornys before I start calling all of my favorite brewpubs? Thanks!



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Laurelwood and HUB will...those are the only two I've ever had do it. Don't often have the space for a commercial in the lineup



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I have called around to a few brewpubs and some will fill them (Luck Lab, Alameda). However, Widmer said no and that very few places in Portland will fill them. Don't know if I believe Widmer on that. Does anyone know who in Portland will fill cornys before I start calling all of my favorite brewpubs? Thanks!
I think I'd trust Widmer on that. They probably put out their own 1/6 barrels, so why would they?

Also...how are these pubs filling them? Straight from the tap?
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The Raccoon will do it for 40. You have to come in on a weekday and ask for Beck...Their beer is really good too.

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i've asked a few local milwaukee brewpubs.

none of them will. they say the FDA won't let them because they can't be sure of sanitation before you bring it in or after.

i don't know what it takes to take apart a sanke, but i'm guessing its because you could easily get a corny filled, pop open the top, add some ecoli, and sue.

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How is it any different than a growler fill? Or a grocery store selling a gallon of milk for that matter? What if I open a bottle of beer, it somehow gets contaminated, I drink and get sick? I could see the breweries seeing it as an increased risk and not wanting to do it, but not a specific regulatory issue. Doesn't 7-11 permit you to come in and refill those gigantic soda bottles they sell?

I think if you were going to sue, you would need to prove that the beer/brewery had contaminated the container/beer. In normal distribution this comes up with multiple people get sick.

I've had HUB fill a corny for me and I'm glad offer the service.

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So far, HUB, Lucky Lab, Laurelhurst, 4th Street in Gresham and Alameda will all fill. Widmer is the onyl one that said no. No answer at Roots or the Green Dragon.

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How is it any different than a growler fill? Or a grocery store selling a gallon of milk for that matter? What if I open a bottle of beer, it somehow gets contaminated, I drink and get sick? I could see the breweries seeing it as an increased risk and not wanting to do it, but not a specific regulatory issue. Doesn't 7-11 permit you to come in and refill those gigantic soda bottles they sell?

I think if you were going to sue, you would need to prove that the beer/brewery had contaminated the container/beer. In normal distribution this comes up with multiple people get sick.

I've had HUB fill a corny for me and I'm glad offer the service.
Filling cornies is a pain for the brewery, especially if it is infrequent, because they have to have the equipment clean and ready to fill the cornies, and clean it up after, and it takes labor. They don't just have a bartender hook up a hose like a growler, it takes someone in the brewery.

Also, I am sure some of the breweries are a little leery of how sanitary your corny itself is. If a brewery is busy or swamped for production, they also don't like to put out cornies, as it can take away beer and business from establishing new draft accounts.
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Filling cornies is a pain for the brewery, especially if it is infrequent, because they have to have the equipment clean and ready to fill the cornies, and clean it up after, and it takes labor. They don't just have a bartender hook up a hose like a growler, it takes someone in the brewery.

Also, I am sure some of the breweries are a little leery of how sanitary your corny itself is. If a brewery is busy or swamped for production, they also don't like to put out cornies, as it can take away beer and business from establishing new draft accounts.
I agree with you. I just don't think there is(are) any overriding regulation(s) that would prohibit a brewery from doing so. If there were, they would seem to apply in all sorts of other situations that commonly occur. In the end, I think it's a service that each brewery should be able to choose whether or not to provide.
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Can't you buy a corny lid with a sanke coupler welded on?

thought i'd seen that somewhere.



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