Mark the calendar for October 25! That is the day Growler retail sales can begin in North Carolina. The rules for cleaning, filling and labeling growlers were approved yesterday, but will not go into effect until next week. House Bill 829 was signed into law on June 6, but the good folks at NCABC took their sweet time creating the rules to turn the law into reality.
I’m pumped, now all that myriad of glassware can be put to good use. Some breweries have refrained from filling any growlers other than their own, but some were already allowing fills in glassware which originated from other breweries. Hopefully with these new rules everyone will fill any growler. Perhaps we could get to the place where there is a NC Brewer’s Guild growler. One can only dream!