Soon, You May Be Able To Refill Your Growler At Restaurants And Beer Stores

Mar 30, 2015

A growler being filled at Throwback Brewery
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

Soon Granite Staters may be able to buy refillable beer growlers not only at breweries, but at restaurants and retailers. 

A bill that succeeded in the House heads to the Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday.

The growler license would cost $240 and is limited to liquor licenses that sell at least 200 beer labels. Prime sponsor, Representative Kermit Williams says "we’re hoping is if a restaurant wants to do this they would become more of a craft beer specialist."

Only 64 ounce amber glass growlers could be used. Retailers without a bar would need a three-tap filling station operated by employees.

Lawmakers estimate the growler licenses would bring in revenue, but could also cost about $80,000-$90,000 each year in Liquor Commission operations.