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Tennessee ABC Puts the Kibosh on Growlers of Beer

By - February 11, 2013 | Alcoholic Beverage Law | Email Will Cheek

The ABC has been pressuring brewpubs to stop selling growlers from the brewpub’s restaurant for several months. ¬†There is a legal way to sell growlers of beer, but most brewpubs have been selling growlers illegally for years.

The problem recently made mainstream news on WSMV.

State law prohibits selling beer to go at an establishment licensed to sell liquor by the drink. Problem is, the law was apparently not enforced for over a decade. Almost every brewpub sold growlers to customers at the restaurant, in one form or another.

Tom T. Hall has his priorities straight about suds:

I like beer. it makes me a jolly good fellow
I like beer. it helps me unwind and sometimes it makes me feel mellow (makes him feel mellow)
Whiskey’s too rough, champagne costs too much, vodka puts my mouth in gear
This little refrain should help me explain as a matter of fact i like beer (he likes beer)

There are ways to legally sell beer at a brewpub, but the sale must occur outside of the area licensed for liquor. This is not practical for many brewpubs and we understand that growler sales have been suspended at several popular breweries.

Stand up for right to drink beer and stay tuned.

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