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Legal status of growlers in UK


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EdKing 1905:142
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?
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kaufmanised 9:11
I know Brewdog fill growlers in most of their bars...
6/19/2013 10:51:07 AM

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cgarvieuk 14702:150
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
6/19/2013 10:53:17 AM

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chriso 7396:383
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.
6/19/2013 10:57:05 AM

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hopbomber 103:32
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.
6/19/2013 11:04:26 AM

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EdKing 1905:142
so you could set up a bar that primarily sold take out cask or keg via growlers..?
6/19/2013 11:07:36 AM

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SarkyNorthener 2111:81
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.
6/19/2013 11:24:00 AM

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harrisoni 13856:22
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.
6/19/2013 11:39:45 AM

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cgarvieuk 14702:150
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
6/19/2013 12:18:49 PM

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evilempire 135:30
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...
6/19/2013 1:40:07 PM

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DruncanVeasey 7249:27
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...
6/19/2013 6:57:07 PM

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