State Rep. Tommy Brann’s legislation to make beer growlers more widely available in Michigan is advancing in the state House.
The House Regulatory Reform Committee today unanimously approved Brann’s bill that would allow more retailers such as smaller grocery stores to fill and sell beer growlers. The bill would streamline the regulatory process by eliminating the need for these merchants to get an additional license.
“Craft beer is very popular in Michigan, and as a restaurant owner myself I see craft beer draft sales overtake bottle sales,” Brann, of Wyoming, said after the committee approved his bill. “This legislation will help the craft beer business and consumers alike by making beer growlers available in more places. It will give beer and wine retailers an added attraction.”
Growlers are refillable containers exclusively intended to package beer to be used off the premises. Growlers must be one gallon or smaller in size.
A requirement that merchants filling and selling beer growlers have a proper food license and “specially designated merchant” license, which allows beer to be sold for use off the premises, would remain in place. But Brann’s bill would eliminate the requirement that a merchant get an additional license – such as a tavern license or a “specially designated distributor” license – to fill and sell growlers.
Other conditions applying to the sale of growlers would remain in effect.
The bill advances to the House floor for further consideration.
The legislation is House Bill 5175.