ABRA told the manager of D’Vines this weekend that they were no longer allowed to sell growlers, since they are a retailer and not a manufacturer. You can read about it here if you haven’t. I’m pretty disappointed, since I really like the store and it seemed to be a great boost for them.
If you’d like to express your support the OP also sends a letter he sent to CM Graham:
Dear Councilmember Graham,
I am writing you concerning the recent decision of ABRA to bar the wine shops D’Vines and De’Vinos from selling growlers of beer. I have enjoyed shopping at D’Vines since it opened; they have good wine at a good price, and a good selection of beer. I also want to support our local businesses, and I hope you do too. ABRAs decision, that D’Vines is not allowed to sell growlers under their current license, hurts local business, and serves no valid purpose of their regulatory scheme. The growlers are sealed immediately after filling, and they are not consumed on the premises. I hope that you will consider ways to encourage ABRA to reconsider their decision.”
I believe that ABRA is enforcing the current law so supporters should probably encourage CM Graham and the Council to change the law so that it would be legal to sell growlers at D’vines.