Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fill ‘er up: Beer growlers weighed in 2 cities

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By David Ibata

Two cities are moving toward allowing sales of beer in large jugs called growlers, Channel 2 Action News reported.
The practice, in which fresh draft beer is poured into a reusable glass jug that’s taken home by the customer, was to be discussed in Dunwoody on Monday night and Alpharetta on Tuesday night.

“We see it as basically an OK product. It’s certainly a growing trend. And we have had some interest expressed in business that would like to do that in our downtown area especially,” James Drinkard, assistant city administrator in Alpharetta, told Channel 2.

According to the AJC’s “Drink: A Beer, Wine and Spirits Blog,” growlers arrived in metro Atlanta in April 2011 at Hop City on the west side, followed in May by Ale Yeah in Decatur.

Last summer, growler stations opened in Whole Foods store on Ponce de Leon Avenue in the city of Atlanta and in the Merchant’s Walk shopping center in east Cobb County.

After first opening in Athens earlier in the year, the Beer Growler arrived in the metro area in August, when it opened a store with 40 taps in Avondale Estates.

Roswell and Forsyth County already have ordinances allowing growlers, Channel 2 reported.

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