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Not Just Growlers Anymore now: “brew pubs can sell the beer they manufacture in cans, kegs, bottles and other sealed containers for customers to take home”

by Prince Of Petworth — April 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm 7 Comments

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From a press release:

“A new alcohol law is in effect beginning today that creates new ways of doing business for District alcohol manufacturers and retailers.

“This new law allows District businesses to expand areas of their operations consistent with other jurisdictions,” said Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Director Fred Moosally. “It also clarifies existing law for licensees and the public. We greatly appreciate Mayor Muriel Bowser’s introduction and support of the legislation.”

The Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment of 2016 (D.C. Law 21-260) makes a variety of new licenses available to businesses. It creates a new bed and breakfast license that is the first of its kind in the District. The license permits an inn that has fewer than 30 guest rooms to serve alcohol to registered guests as part of a room fee. Another measure in the law allows for hotels in the District to apply for an off-premises license to sell beer and wine to guests from a store inside of the hotel. Previously, hotels in the District could generally only sell alcohol to guests from restaurants, bars or minibars. The legislation also makes additional licenses available for beer and wine stores in the District.

Businesses can also expand the types of containers they offer under the new law. Grocery stores are now able to sell wine, cider, and mead in growlers for the first time instead of only beer. In addition, restaurants and taverns that brew beer—known as brew pubs—can sell the beer they manufacture in cans, kegs, bottles and other sealed containers for customers to take home. Brew pubs were previously only permitted to sell beer in growlers. The law also allows a distillery or winery to sell its products in cans and kegs instead of only barrels and bottles.

Acceptable forms of identification were also expanded by the legislation. Official military identification cards can now be accepted by businesses as long as the card contains the name, date of birth, and a photograph of the bearer.

Another item in the legislation removes a requirement that cocktails served by a distillery primarily contain the distiller’s spirits over any other brand. As a result, a distillery can now freely mix cocktails containing its brand of spirits with other brands as long as they have the proper license to do so.”

  • AnonV2

    Wait, does this mean we can now buy kegs from local breweries directly? DC Brau, Atlas, 3 Stars, etc. They were previously limited to growler and can sales directly to the public at their tasting rooms. This legislation specifically mentions “brewpubs” which are tied to restaurant and tavern licenses. And more power to you if you are buying distillery products by the keg!:
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    “The law also allows a distillery or winery to sell its products in cans and kegs instead of only barrels and bottles”

    • dogg

      You could already buy kegs from breweries. This is good news for people like Bluejacket though where previously they could only sell on premise. Right Proper had to open up their second “production facility” just to distribute.

      • AnonV2

        Doesn’t Bluejacket sell bottles in the little storefront next door? The coffe bar place. Or were those just pre-filled swing tops? It’s been awhile since I’ve been there. I know DC Brau specifically didn’t sell kegs from the brewery, but reading their FAQ again maybe that is just by choice. Regardless, expanding the ability to get freshly filled sixtels from the source is an improvement.

  • Anonymous

    Bad for bars??

    • Anonymous

      If you can’t make money in the District as a bar, you’re doing it wrong…

  • CP

    I didn’t see it in the press release, but will grocery stores be able to sell individual beer bottles and/or cans?

    • kd21

      They already can. Whole Foods, Glen’s, Trader Joe’s, and Harris Teeter already do it. Not sure about Giant or Safeway though

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