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Friday, September 30, 2016

Growlers at The Wine and Cheese Place


Growler Station
Equipment is set up now at Forsyth.
Watch for growler fills soon at our Forsyth location (we plan on implementing at all 4 locations eventually, just want to get one up and going first)


As you know, Missouri has been trying to pass a growler law. It finally became legal August 28th. You might be wondering why you have not seen growler stations all over yet? There was a little wrinkle in the law that if you have a "retail liquor by the drink" license, you cannot sell growlers. Well, the "by the drink" license is the most common license and most stores in St. Louis have a by the drink license as we have had one for 30 plus years. That is how places like the grocery stores, Lucky's, and Whole Foods are able to sell you a beer or a glass of wine to drink while you shop, they have a "by the drink" license. We decided to get rid of our "by the drink" license so that we can sell growlers. The law states that either you can sell glasses of beer ("by the drink on premise") or growlers of beer to go - you cannot do both. Eventually this might get changed.


We have the system set up at our Forsyth location. We are waiting for the new license to arrive and we will be ready to go. We will have both 32oz and 64oz growlers for sale.
We will update when we are able to sell growlers here in the next few weeks.


Leave us some comments as we get ready
What type of beers would you like to see?
Our obvious plan is getting beers that we cannot get in package already.   Get some local breweries that are not bottling yet like Civil Life and others.

please leave any comments on beers or beer styles you would like to see.
Thank you, we are very excited!!!


We have a keg of Civil Life American Brown set up to taste - come in for a taste.  We had to make sure the system works somehow? right?






11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Narrow Gauge! That way I don't have to drive up there to get it!!!

Dustin Adamo said...

Exit 6!

Joe Witthaus said...

Narrow Gauge would be an awesome offering. Will you accept any 32 or 64 oz growler?

Paul Hayden said...

We had contacted Narrow Gauge a few months back when we started this, and they said they cannot keep up with production just for themselves. But they said, hopefully in the near future they will sell us some.

Paul Hayden said...

Like the idea of Exit 6 too!

Paul Hayden said...

Yes, we can accept any 32-128 oz growler.

Joe Witthaus said...

Amen

Anonymous said...

I think something nice and light from Side Project would be very nice. Like a Biere Du Pays or Grisette

Anonymous said...

Would you be able to get Illinois beer like 4204 (Belleville) or Stubborn German (Waterloo)?

Also, just out of curiosity, how do breweries themselves sell both "by the drink" and "by the growler" if the license are separate?

Paul Hayden said...

4204 is distributed here, so yes. Stubborn German not at this point.
Breweries can do both because they produce the beer. You can sell growlers and glasses if you produce it on premise. There is also the "Cicero" law where you have to have a certain amount of tap handles and a certain percent of your sales must be food sales to sell growlers. The new law that passed is where we can sell growlers but not glasses. Even though a place like Itap has enough tap handles to fall under the "Cicero" law, they cannot sell growlers because they do not sell food. They do not produce the beer so they cannot sell growlers, they sell glasses of beer, so they cannot sell growlers.

Anonymous said...

Heavy Riff Velvet Underbrown, hopefully it would work, since they can't sell their own growlers.