Columbus Council today approved allowing growler stores to give customers samples of the beers they're considering buying.
Council voted 9-0 to allow growler stores to offer samples of their different brews. Before, customers either had to be familiar with the products or trust the proprietors when ordering.
Growlers are 32- or 64-ounce refillable containers that are currently filled from kegs at two locations in Columbus, both on Broadway.
The ordinance change will 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. Today's amendment does not allow on-premises drinking except for the samples.