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CA Growler Fills via tags?

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by OMsweetOM, Apr 9, 2013.

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  1. OMsweetOM

    OMsweetOM Feb 1, 2011 California

    A recent recap of the current state of things in CA regarding growler fills with info on Russian River's idea to use tags to adhere to the law.

    I like the tag idea. Covering an existing label should be easy enough; a tag would make it easy for the breweries since they wouldn't have to worry about how large to make logo stickers.
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  2. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Mar 23, 2008 California

    The article says Eagle Rock has a tag out for approval right now?
    In their blog post they seemed pretty against it.

    I'll be there the first weekend they start filling blanks.
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  3. Earlycsquid

    Earlycsquid Jan 7, 2013 California
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    I'm with you tjensen. I can't get myself to drop $20 on a growler glass there, but give me the option to fill a blank growler and I'll be picking up a growler fill every other week.
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  4. DrAwkward82

    DrAwkward82 Apr 16, 2005 California

    Baby steps in the right direction but just asinine how much nonsense we've had to wade through given how seamlessly simply allowing the fill of any growler works in the vast majority of other states.

    Would it satisfy the breweries and ABC if I just brought in a growler wrapped entirely in red tape?
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  5. jodan

    jodan Jul 24, 2008 California

    As will I, but there's no way in hell that I'm spending $20 on growler there until then.
  6. Television77

    Television77 Jan 8, 2011 California

    Haha! Maybe the CCBA should've recommended '3" opaque red shrink wrap' instead of '3" opaque black shrink wrap'
  7. JasonFromLA

    JasonFromLA Jan 9, 2013 California

    Love seeing progress on this issue!
  8. stupac2

    stupac2 Feb 22, 2011 California
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    I was informed by an employee that Triple Rock has tags out for approval, which presumably means that Drake's does too. It's good to hear that a few people are quickly hopping on board, that's what we need to convince the doubting breweries that this is worth it.
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  9. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Oct 24, 2009 California
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    Keep 'em coming!
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  10. skunkpuddle

    skunkpuddle Feb 14, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    Actually from past dealings with the abc I think we are lucky that we can walk into a brewery and walk out with a growler of beer. In a sense we are walking out with an unsealed container of alcohol and then driving with it in our car. My car does not have a trunk so I am technically breaking the law.
  11. AptosBeerDrinker

    AptosBeerDrinker Aug 9, 2011 California

    My local brewery has been using tags for a few months now and was using painters tape to cover growlers well before that.
  12. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Mar 23, 2008 California

  13. stupac2

    stupac2 Feb 22, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    I've heard of a few bay area ones filling outside growlers for forever. I think one was Ale Industries. They're never the super popular ones, of course.
  14. Earlycsquid

    Earlycsquid Jan 7, 2013 California
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    Hell, the bruery filled blank growlers for a while. It just depends on how big a brewery is before they start giving a fuck about cashing in on glass and name branding their product.
  15. OMsweetOM

    OMsweetOM Feb 1, 2011 California

    It wouldn't meet the requirements since the growler must be identified by the establishment filling it - and technically with the contents. That's where the tags/stickers come in but the breweries have to have them ready for you.

    I've considered printing brewery label/graphics to tape over my growler engraved content... but my printer was out of ink the day I intended to do it.
  16. jtmartino

    jtmartino Dec 11, 2010 California
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  17. TicoCali

    TicoCali Jul 25, 2010 California

  18. stupac2

    stupac2 Feb 22, 2011 California
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    Apparently the tags are now in use at Russian River.
  19. MssrTussaud

    MssrTussaud Apr 17, 2013 California

    They'll fill blanks or appropriately covered growlers from other breweries now?

    /Runs out to garage, smashes 40 growlers
  20. stupac2

    stupac2 Feb 22, 2011 California
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    I dunno, I wasn't there, but a friend was and told me they were using the tags now. Presumably this means they'll fill anything, but you'd need to ask.
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