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Legal status of growlers in UK

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EdKing
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beers 2173 º places 157 º 10:50 Wed 6/19/2013

Iíve never seen these done in the UK. I know if a pub has an íoff-licenceí then they can sell ísealedí containers of alcohol products. I also remember in years gone by in Northern mining and steel communities pubs would sell jugs of ale to local people to take home or drink at home. Whatís the legal status of a growler?

 
kaufmanised
beers 9 º places 11 º 10:51 Wed 6/19/2013

I know Brewdog fill growlers in most of their bars...

 
cgarvieuk
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beers 17635 º places 212 º 10:53 Wed 6/19/2013

and there a Growler bar opening in Edinburgh (but i cant see it getting enough trade)


but i know several off licences that sell take away beer

 
chriso
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beers 7513 º places 467 º 10:57 Wed 6/19/2013

Windsor & Eton are about to start selling growlers from their brewery shop, if they havenít started already. Iím sure Paddy will have looked into the legality.

 
hopbomber
beers 99 º places 35 º 11:04 Wed 6/19/2013

Iíve seen plenty of camra places doing 2 pint tetra packs obviously not re-useable thatís sort of growler-like I assume theyíre legal. Canít see growler culture taking off over here despite their obvious awesomeness.

 
EdKing
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beers 2173 º places 157 º 11:07 Wed 6/19/2013

so you could set up a bar that primarily sold take out cask or keg via growlers..?

 
SarkyNorthener
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beers 3079 º places 111 º 11:24 Wed 6/19/2013

I was in a Burton Bridge Pub in Burton a couple of weeks ago and they sell 2 pints in a reusable beer container to take away. I have seen them in a couple of pubs around the Midlands also but cant remember where.

 
harrisoni
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beers 15319 º places 27 º 11:39 Wed 6/19/2013

Originally posted by EdKing
so you could set up a bar that primarily sold take out cask or keg via growlers..?


Thatís how the Butcherís Arms in Herne started up. All he did was off sales, anywhere from 3.5 pints to 72 pints. I used to go and buy 2 litre bottles of Hophead.

Then when the licencing laws changed a few years ago and made it easier to open a pub, he changed into a pub.

My local micropub does anything from 2 to 35 pints for off sales. The Foundry brewpub in Canterbury does 8, 16, 32 pint takeouts. The bigger the quantity the more time they need. So a day ahead if you want 35/36 pints. East Kent is clearly more advanced than I thought.

 
cgarvieuk
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beers 17635 º places 212 º 12:18 Wed 6/19/2013

Originally posted by EdKing
so you could set up a bar that primarily sold take out cask or keg via growlers..?


thats what the guy in Edinburgh is planning. But oddly all cask

 
evilempire
beers 137 º places 59 º 13:40 Wed 6/19/2013

Growlers legal anywhere with an off sales license. But as theyíre not government stamped for volume, beer has to be measured into it with a vessel that is I.e.a pint glass. In theory at least, Iím sure many places donít bother...

 
DruncanVeasey
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beers 7712 º places 31 º 18:57 Wed 6/19/2013

Plenty of places local to me do 2 pint cartons and those 4 pint plastic screwtops....which in reality contain more when filled to the neck. Never had them measured out. Next time I see something on cask worthy of a session (doesnít happen often), will be roadtesting the legality of my Kauai Island or Kona growler...