Michigan Growler Laws

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  1. JohnnieNepal

    JohnnieNepal Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2013 Michigan

    This is good news, can't wait to roll out of the Union with a to go jug.


    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130508/POLITICS02/305080354#ixzz2ShhbX1ia
     
  2. GRBrew

    GRBrew Initiate (121) Jan 12, 2009 Michigan

    This bill was first introduced last year and I had a big problem with the labeling language. They have cleared that up. I just wish they had gone further so retailers could fill growlers.
     
  3. tommyz

    tommyz Initiate (0) May 28, 2007 Michigan

    Honestly, that does not bother me at all..
     
  4. GRBrew

    GRBrew Initiate (121) Jan 12, 2009 Michigan

    You don't think it would be pretty convenient to go to Meijer for groceries and walk out with a growler as well?
     
  5. tommyz

    tommyz Initiate (0) May 28, 2007 Michigan

    Nope, as I dont trust them to clean their lines...Its bad enough that some good bars dont do it enough..I dont trust some guy at a grocery store making 8 bucks an hour to care...I dont mind grabbing a 6 pack of a beer I want.
     
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  6. founder26

    founder26 Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2009 Michigan

    so will beer stores be able to sell growler fills?
     
  7. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Class C liquor licenses with SDM designation is how the bill read last time I took a look. Don't know if the passed bill had different wording attached to it.
     
  8. steebo777

    steebo777 Devotee (411) Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    Stoked for it for sure! Even though I know a couple beer bars that sell growlers already...
     
  9. jacob4999

    jacob4999 Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2008 Michigan

    I feel ya man. If I could have a growler station at my store I would be stoked! I just started working on getting an on premise license so I can carry some of these awesome kegs I have access too but it's not an easy task.
     
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  10. Brianw508

    Brianw508 Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2013 Michigan

    i'm really excited for this. now as a bar, we will be able to sell them. we sell a lot of stuff not bottled and this will be great! we've wanted to do it forever, but it's not worth getting caught.
     
  11. Timcoz

    Timcoz Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2010 Michigan

    Curious--what kind of beers are you (anyone) looking to get in a growler from a bar?
     
  12. Brianw508

    Brianw508 Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2013 Michigan

    I prefer getting non bottled beer, like odd side and shorts beers. We carry quite a bit of both and it'd be so much easier to sell growlers to rotate stuff in and out
     
  13. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Schlitz
     
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  14. Holiday1072

    Holiday1072 Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2008 Michigan

    I'm sure most peoples preference would be to beers not bottled, well that would be mine anyway.
     
  15. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,725) May 30, 2005 Michigan
    Society

    ...or limited batch size and distro on the bottled stuff.
     
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  16. psykosis

    psykosis Initiate (0) May 21, 2009 Indiana

    Limited releases from breweries not in the area. Case in point, 7 Monks in Traverse City often gets some great special taps from Dark Horse or Founders or Shorts or whomever. I'd love to be able to get a growler of stuff from them since I'm already there instead of having to make a road trip to the breweries.
     
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  17. kdmcguire10

    kdmcguire10 Aspirant (250) Jul 15, 2011 Michigan

    So happy to see some legislation worth a damn. Been pushing for this for awhile. Will be happy when it goes in effect.
     
  18. mdwalsh

    mdwalsh Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2009 Iowa

    Can anyone clarify if breweries can/will fill growlers that are not theirs? i.e. can I bring a Growler from Mason City Brewing in Iowa to New Holland and get it filled?
     
  19. psykosis

    psykosis Initiate (0) May 21, 2009 Indiana

    Call the brewery. Some do, some don't.
     
  20. mdwalsh

    mdwalsh Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2009 Iowa

    Founders, New Holland, Greenbush, Vivant?
     
  21. wizzy

    wizzy Initiate (0) May 20, 2006 Michigan

    I've filled other growlers at both Founders and Vivant with no issues, Founders explicitly says they're ok as long as the growler is clean. Haven't filled at NH or Greenbush.
     
  22. GRBrew

    GRBrew Initiate (121) Jan 12, 2009 Michigan

    Technically it is illegal to fill a growler from another brewery because it would not comply with current labeling laws. To comply they would have to put a sticker on the growler covering up the logo of the other brewery and which would include things like brewery and the name of the beer. I don't know of any breweries that actually go through the trouble and most fill growlers from other breweries.
     
  23. TheGoof

    TheGoof Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2013 Michigan

    I have gotten growlers from other breweries filled at all of these places with no issues.
     
  24. psykosis

    psykosis Initiate (0) May 21, 2009 Indiana

    The only brewery I've gotten a fill from that does that is Right Brain in TC. They just stick a RBB sticker on the growler.
     
  25. mdwalsh

    mdwalsh Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2009 Iowa

    Cool, thank you everyone. Cooler full of growlers is added to the packing list.
     
  26. GRBrew

    GRBrew Initiate (121) Jan 12, 2009 Michigan

    How about a cooler full of beer for the locals with the good advice?
     
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  27. mdwalsh

    mdwalsh Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2009 Iowa

    Sadly we have next to nothing in packaged form that you can't get there, and I'm not risking having full growlers when I need to fill mine there, sorry! If there was a specific request I might be able to do something for a little trady trade.
     
  28. GRBrew

    GRBrew Initiate (121) Jan 12, 2009 Michigan

    I saw your other thread and it looks like your schedule is really tight here. If not for that I would probably take you up on this.
     
  29. mdfitz

    mdfitz Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2010 Michigan

    I am with The 8th Street Grille in Holland, MI. We are the ones that did the work to have the law changed. I worked with Founder's Brewing, Mark Sellers of Hop Cat & Grand Rapids Brewing with some other Class C license holders in Grand Rapids and Senator Hildenbrand to get this done. We did not get much help from any of the places you would expect but we worked hard behind the scenes to get this done. Senator Hildenbrand took this on when others did not want to. He should get most the credit, he is the one that wrote the bill and lobbied to have it passed. He told us he could get it done and he did. We have 28 taps of craft beer and we fill growlers 7 days a week. Tuesday all fills are $5 off, Thursday $3 off. We have a great selection, the best in Holland. Check out our facebook page for our current up to date selections. We do takeovers regularly and have Shorts coming in Oct, Founders in November. We fill growlers 7 days a week. We are one block from New Holland Brewing so stop in if you are in town visiting.
     
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