Growler stores may soon be allowed to offer samples

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 11, 2013 

These are two of the three growlers that Cannon Brew Pub sells in its store.

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You may soon be able to sample the beer before you have your growler filled, if Columbus Council OKs it.

Council will vote Tuesday morning on whether to allow growler stores to offer samples of their different brews. Currently, customers either have to be familiar with the products or trust the proprietors when ordering.

Growlers are 32- or 64-ounce refillable containers that are filled from kegs at two locations in Columbus, both on Broadway.

The proposed ordinance change would allow the stores to offer one-ounce samples to customers, but not more than three in a day.

Stores specializing in the sales of growlers have become popular in other cities in Georgia, such as Atlanta, Athens and Savannah. But they were not legal here until April, when councilors passed an ordinance legalizing their sale in stores where on-premises drinking is not allowed. The proposed amendment would not allow on-premises drinking except for the samples.

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