Growler Fill Laws?

Discussion in 'New England' started by Jesse14, Jun 17, 2013.

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  1. Jesse14

    Jesse14 Initiate (156) Jul 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    Does anyone know why I was able to go to a brewery in NH yesterday and get my personal growler filled? It was "unbranded". All the brewer had to do was stick their labels on it and I was off. They stated that they didn't know if it was entirely legal but they were going to do it until someone told them different. I loved that ingenuity and willingness to push the limits. For that reason, I got a 2L fill versus just a 750. We both won. Why can't everyone do this? If the brewer has a label that can attach onto the growler and even cover some other brewer "markings" then why not. It would be the right thing to do on many levels.
  2. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Because laws related to alcohol are stupid
  3. pveilleux

    pveilleux Aspirant (271) Feb 3, 2012 Massachusetts

    Before I chime in, I want to make the suggestion of putting a growler fill law sticky in a forum somewhere. Too many to keep track of and using the search is a pain, filtering thru all the threads.

    A bartender at a NH brewpub told me they can refill any growler that was purchased in NH. For example, Woodstock could fill a White Birch growler, but not a Jacks Abby growler. Then I read somewhere on BA that NH breweries can only fill their own growlers. Now, I don't care which it is, but there needs to be some consistency in the understanding and/or interpretation of the laws. That would save people lots of aggravation.
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  4. Jesse14

    Jesse14 Initiate (156) Jul 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    My point exactly. I don't know what to follow/believe on what's allowed. I really like the "sticky label" idea though and wish some of the up-and-comers in Mass would try it. Makes too much sense environmentally and financially. If have X$ to spend when I visit a brewery I would prefer to spend it all on beer and not glass and beer.
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  5. Sirencio

    Sirencio Initiate (0) May 25, 2005 Massachusetts

    Was this brewery, uh, named after a odd-colored sea creature? Because I noticed someone doing this very same thing while there on Sunday.
  6. geocool

    geocool Initiate (175) Jun 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    I'm very pleased to see people praising this practice. Others over on this thread are complaining about the exact same thing.
  7. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    That's because in Connecticut, there are no restrictions on filling another brewery's growlers, and other breweries do not do this. IE, I can get my Jack's Abby growler filled at NEBCO, but if I go to Two Roads, they insist on putting a sticker on it.

    These positive cases of it are in states where it is otherwise illegal to fill another brewery's growler.

    Edit: reading down further in that thread, perhaps it is a mistake to say that there are no restrictions - point being, other breweries don't require it.
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  8. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Chad

    I think I know the place you are talking about - I think the stickers/bands are an interim solution until they get more glass in, but I did see the stickered growlers going out the door a couple of weeks ago and they looked like they had all the requisite info to satisfy the state - I think. They looked legit to me.

    On top of that, he makes some really solid beers.
  9. omniscientcause

    omniscientcause Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2010 District of Columbia

    Lets not make it too obvious but my thoughts are it was what your thinking of because they did this two weeks ago for me
  10. T-RO

    T-RO Aspirant (225) Nov 9, 2012 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    Is there an issue posting the name of the brewery?? They publicly posted on FB today they are still out of glass and will fill any amber colored growler.
  11. Sirencio

    Sirencio Initiate (0) May 25, 2005 Massachusetts

    Didn't know that, or I wouldn't have felt funny about saying Blue Lobster. So I guess someone should ask them, since they either have an understanding of the actual law... or they're just saying eff it.
  12. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Zealot (533) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

  13. sleepydave

    sleepydave Initiate (43) Nov 3, 2009 New Hampshire

    Not entirely true. They will fill amber swingtop, or stainless screwtops. They do in fact have 750ml glass with german swingtops in stock at $3 a pop. 2L will be back in stock in a few weeks I am told.
  14. Jesse14

    Jesse14 Initiate (156) Jul 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    I forgot about that post. I checked it out when it went around. I guess my point was more to the fact that Blue Lobster is ignoring the laws or knows a better way around it. Either way, I applaud them for taking the initiative. Just another reason for me to patron them sooner rather than later.
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