You may be able to grab a growler soon in Columbus

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 25, 2013 

Growlers may be coming to Columbus.

If Columbus Council approves an ordinance that’s to be presented at its meeting Tuesday night, specified alcoholic beverage sellers will be allowed to fill and refill 32- and 64-ounce jugs with draft beer for people to take with them.

Councilor Skip Henderson is introducing the ordinance at the behest of the owners of the Cannon Brew Pub, who want to able to sell their craft beers for take-home use.

State law allows free-standing growler stores that sell only for off-premises consumption. Such stores have spring up all around metro Atlanta and in Athens and Savannah. But the law does not allow bars or brew pubs that sell alcohol for on-premises consumption to sell the growlers.

House Bill 314, currently being considered in the General Assembly, would tweak the law to allow brew pubs to sell growlers, but it’s not a sure thing to get passed, Henderson said. So he and others crafted an ordinance that would allow brewpubs to set up a separate facility that could sell growlers apart from the on-premises sales.

“If you want to take some home with you, I think you should be able to do it,” Henderson said.

The ordinance appears on first reading Tuesday night and could be voted on at Council’s next business meeting, on April 9.

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