Arizona lawmakers loosen growler restrictions, will allow bars to fill

BY Jess Harter Friday, April 27, 2012

The Beer PHXation blog noticed the Arizona legislature temporarily suspended its typical crazy-ass pursuits last week to actually pass something worthwhile.

Almost unnoticed, lawmakers amended Arizona statutes to allow bars and liquor stores to fill and sell growlers.

A growler, for the uninitiated, is a refillable glass beer bottle with a screw-on or hinged cap. Growlers come in various sizes, although the most common is a half-gallon (64 ounces).

Currently, only breweries are allowed to sell growlers, and only filled with beers they make.

The new law allows craft beer bars like Hungry Monk, Handlebar, Trophy’s, Flanny’s, and Papago to fill growlers with any beer they have on tap.

The law goes into effect 90 days after the legislature adjourns – expected to happen in early to mid-May –  so look for it to take effect in August.

Read the revised statute (scroll down to section 244-2, part 32(c) near bottom, highlighted in blue)

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