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10/17/11  2:11 pm
Commenter: Brad Hemp, Sausage Craft LLC

Allow Growlers in Retail Outlets

The state should allow gourmet shops to offer growlers of beer for sale to the general public. Doing so would allow a greater choice in packaging and products to the public. It would also allow gourmet shop owners to further distinguish their businesses from those shops that offer cheap bottled beer. To allow only on/off premise licenses to sell growlers is inconsistent and inequitable. I fail to see any reason why providing growlers at gourmet shops would pose any greater safety risk than selling them at an on/off premise establishment, especially since gourmet shops offer a narrower range of products and typically have more restricted hours. Although not currently in the wine and beer business, I have seven years experience managing a variety of retail wine/beer shops.

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