Dear PoPville – Sign the Growlers in DC petition

Back in Oct. 2011 we learned D’Vines was no longer allowed to sell growlers.

A readers sends this petition to sign to remedy that situation:

“This legislation will allow brewpubs in Washington, DC to sell beer to go in growlers. Having the ability to sell beer in reusable containers with a Class-C Tavern/Brewpub license has the potential of adding a great deal of revenue to local businesses and add to the growing craft beer scene in the District.

A number of key restaurant professionals have been working diligently for the past few years to turn Washington, DC into one of the great beer cities of the United States. With DC based breweries like DC Brau, Three Stars and Chocolate city in operation and great beer bars like Pizzeria Paradiso, Brasserie Beck, Churchkey, etc. doing record setting business the only thing the District needs now is great

Selling house-brewed beer in reusable containers, aka “growlers” is a cornerstone of brewpub culture in the United States. Passing the Sustainable Bottle Amendment Act of 2011 would allow brewpubs to expand their market and be the final step in making Washington, DC a city know for great beer.”

You can sign here.

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  • I think DC has made great strides in terms of the quality and variety of beer but please let’s hardly call it the great beer city of the United States. I have a huge list of cities to where I would go before DC in terms of one of the great beer cities. It’s fantastic that DC is an interesting city for beer and even producing beers (e.g., DC Brau, though I do not think that they excel at beer producing, though I think it’s better-than-average).

    • I think there are many here who would disagree with you. I don’t think anybody would say that DC is the greatest beer city, but it is definitely up there with the best. We might not have a hundred microbreweries in the area, but the number of craft beers distributed here, combined with the large number of great bars and people who are passionate and knowledgeable about beer easily make it one of the best beer cities in the country.

      • I wish I could agree with your characterization of the beer scene and general knowledge level of the DC beer-drinkers, but reality is pretty far from what you’ve portrayed. At any rate, DC definitely is improving and having the ability to fill growlers (hopefully for reasonable prices) would be another step in that direction. One of the big differences between the real beer cities like Portland, Denver, San Diego, San Francisco, et. al. and DC is that people in the former cities drink good beer as a matter of course because it’s reasonably priced and widely available. It’s just what people do. There’s none of the pretension attached that is so common among the newer beer meccas in the city. We’d be better served by not appropriating undeserved titles and just stick to supporting local beers (both established and yet-to-be established) until we’ve made the jump to the top flight.

  • “A number of key restaurant professionals have been working diligently for the past few years to turn Washington, DC into one of the great beer cities.”

    Maybe one day we could have a legitimate outdoor beer park ala Munich.

  • gotryit

    I’ll drink to that!

  • Another good reason to live in Maryland.

  • That petition appears to be for the original bill that already passed. It doesn’t do anything to address the D’Vines issue.

    • THIS…this petition does nothing for D’Vines or DeVino’s or any of the other liquor stores or retailers (whole foods?) that wish to sell growlers

  • Justice for growlers!

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