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Petition 153
Petition Information
Petition Title Use of growlers by gourmet shop licensees
Date Filed 9/12/2011    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner W. R. Moore 
Petitioner's Request

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.

Agency's Plan

Following the public comment period, the board will consider amending 3 VAC 5-40-40 to allow the sale of beer in growlers by gourmet shop licensees.

Comment Period Ended 10/30/2011
Agency Decision Initiate a regulatory change [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 1/30/2012
Agency Decision Summary

Growlers are reusable containers used to sell draft beer for off-premises consumption.  They were originally allowed for restaurants with draft beer on tap, with the idea that some craft beers were only available in draft form and not in bottles or cans.  Growlers allow the on- and off-premises retailer to sell draft beers for consumers to take home.  Off-premises retailers do not generally have any reason to have draft beer on tap, since they only sell beer in closed containers for off-premises consumption.  In reviewing the petition, the board determined that one category of off-premises retailer, the gourmet shop, could have a reason to have draft beer on tap, in connection with its sampling privilege.  Therefore, the board has determined that it will initiate a regulatory change to add gourmet shops to those licensees authorized to sell beer in growlers for off-premises consumption.

Estimated date for filing a NOIRA 4/1/2012

Contact Information
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