No one is to say for sure if these online petitions actually make an impact, but this is a law that would be nice to see changed. In many states, one can get nearly any size or type of growler or container filled with beer. It can be brewery specific or a $4.99 non-marked growler. In California, a weird law requires a brewery to only fill a growler that they sold and with their branding. That means the Russian River Brewing, Alpine Beer Co and FiftyFifty Brewing growlers that you paid $30 each for are only good at those establishments and when you’re not using them, they’re going to be taking up a lot of space sitting on the shelf.
But why? Why make people waste additional money on something they already have? Why waste more glass making someone purchase something they already have eight others of? It’s redundant and a waste of money and resources. Personally, I don’t buy growlers now that I’m in California because most breweries seem to sell expensive, branded growlers that cost $20-30 for the glass itself, not counting the $10-20+ beer you’re filling it with. Some people collect growlers, that’s awesome, but I don’t want a closet full of hundreds of dollars worth of growlers that aren’t being used but I need to keep in case I go back for a growler fills during my travels.
With the help of Governor Jerry Brown, California has been making some headway in frivolous laws pertaining to alcohol like the ban on infusing spirits and burdensome beer tasting room requirements and hopefully a change can be made here.
Currently in the State of California, if you buy a growler container it can only be filled with beer from the brewery that sold that growler. You can’t put Stone beer into a Sierra Nevada growler.
So how about creating a Brewed in California growler that can filled at any of the growing amount of breweries in California? Beer tourists from around the world would love to have Kern River’s Citra or Eagle Rock’s Revolution XPA!
It would be something that tourists from out of state could have as a souvenir and something that people from California could use when they travel to San Diego or Santa Barbara or San Francisco.
It would also be more eco-friendly. One, re-usable container for multiple beers. And I firmly believe it would spur more beer purchases which would help a small niche industry grow and create new jobs.
If you would like to travel from Truckee to Temecula and try great craft beer, then please sign my petition.