Governor Snyder Signs Growler Bill
FOX 47 News
LANSING, MI – Senate Bill 27, which allows eligible bar and restaurant licensees to have the ability to fill growlers of beer, has been signed by Governor Snyder. Previously, growlers were only allowed to be filled at microbreweries and brewpubs. This is now Public Act 101.
The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA) has worked hard with Senator Dave Hildebrand (R – Lowell), who introduced the bill, and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) to shape the bill and move it through the proper chains of command.
MLBA Executive Director Scott Ellis says, “Many of our members and their patrons have been waiting patiently for this bill to pass, and having it pass before one of the biggest summer holiday weekends is a colossal win for the hospitality industry.”
This bill only applies to on-premises licensees that also hold beer and wine take-out licenses. The following is required for bars and restaurants that want to sell growlers:
- Be a licensed food service establishment
- Must put labels on the growlers they sell with the brand name of the beer, the class of the beer, and the net contents of the container
- Must provide their name as the retailer filling the growler
Filled growlers cannot be stored in anticipation of a sale; they can only be filled as they are sold and immediately removed from the premises.
Governor Snyder also signed SB 79, which will allow small wine makers to offer wine tastings and to sell their wine at farmer’s markets, provided they have received a special permit from the MLCC. This is now PA 100.
MLBA members can contact the MLBA state office with any questions about these two bills by calling (800) 292-2896.