New Iowa Beer Growler Law Takes Effect July 1

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A law that allows carry out beer retailers to sell growlers to go will go into effect Wednesday, July 1. In order to fill and sell the growlers, retailers must submit a business plan to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (Division).

Rules include:

  • Growlers must be filled at the time of order by an employee of the licensed establishment who is at least 18 years of age
  • The growler container cannot be more than 72 fluid ounces in size
  • The growler filling and refilling operation must be compliant with applicable state and federal food safety statutes and regulations
  • The growler must be securely sealed by a method authorized by the Division

Other requirements state that the beer transferred from keg to growler must have been purchased from a licensed beer wholesaler and growlers cannot be sold by one licensee to another retailer.

Retailers eligible for growler sales may include grocery stores, convenience stores and carry out liquor stores.

For more information on growlers and other alcohol policies, regulations and licensing requirements, go to


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