This petition is to request the State of NJ government and NJ Alcohol and Beverage Control to allow growler fills at all Licensed premises with the following liquor licensees(Type 33. (“C”), Type 32. (Broad “C”), and Type 44. (“D”)), the ability to fill and sell reusable growlers of beer and wine to go in sealable containers. Said containers are to have tamper evident seals, as well as Federal Government alcohol warning, and must be taken and consumed off premises.
Growler – A container, such as jugs, pails, bottles,with a cap or swing top, brought by a consumer to be filled by a trained employee of the mercantile establishment, with alcoholic beverage such as wine and beer.
Current laws are unfair to most Liquor stores and need to be changed, allowing for fairer competition and just prices for consumers
Delaware in May of 2013 passed the following bill:
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (Three-fifths of all members elected to each house thereof concurring therein):
Section 1. Amend §516(a), Title 4 of the Delaware Code by making insertions as shown by underlining as follows:
§ 516. Consumption off premises of hotel, restaurant, club, store or taproom.
(a) Any person in charge of a hotel, restaurant, club or store (other than a grocery, delicatessen or cigar store), whether owner, lessee or manager, and recognized as such by the Commissioner, may apply to the Commissioner for a license to purchase and to keep and sell and deliver on the premises only spirits, wine or beer by the bottle or half bottle only, but not for consumption on the premises where sold, or in any dependency thereof. All bottles so sold shall be delivered to the purchaser and shall be removed from the premises where sold with the seals of such bottles unbroken, with the exception of those licenses that are approved by the Commissioner for a Growler Filler permit which allows a licensee to purchase beer by the keg or partial keg and fill containers at time of purchase which will then be capped to leave the licensed premises for consumption off of the premises. For purposes of issuing a new license under this section, all establishments licensed for the sale of alcoholic liquors, but not for consumption on the premises where sold, shall be considered as being of the same type; provided, however, this shall not apply to the transfer of ownership or the renewal of an existing license.
Section 2. Amend §554, Title 4 of the Delaware Code by making insertions as shown by underlining as follows:
(oo) For a Growler Filler permit as provided in §516(a) of this title, the biennial license fee shall be $150.
This Act permits off-premises consumption licensees who obtain a Growler Filler permit to purchase kegs or partial kegs from wholesalers and fill and cap containers for the customer to consume off of the premises where sold.