Kim Reynolds, Governor
Adam Gregg, Lt. Governor
Stephen Larson, Administrator

Beer Growler Rules Take Effect March 9

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

For immediate release – Wednesday, March 9, 2016
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Beer Growler Rules Take Effect March 9

If you enjoy craft beer, there’s plenty to be enthusiastic about with a surge of growler availability on the Iowa horizon.“The craft brewing industry in Iowa is clearly growing,” said Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Administrator Stephen Larson, “Growlers are just one indication of this increase in popularity.”Growlers are a growing trend in providing fresh, craft-brewed, beer for an expanding market and are sure to grow in abundance in the months to come. 

In 2015, a new law signed by Governor Terry E. Branstad expanded retail sales of large, refillable, containers known as beer growlers to include grocery stores, convenience stores and package liquor stores. While allowed to begin filling, refilling and selling growlers on July 1, 2015, these stores were also required to submit business plans to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) to ensure they were operating within the new law’s guidelines, including state and federal food processing requirements enforced by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

With the rules taking effect March 9, retailers will no longer be required to submit business plans. Rather, they will simply need to comply with the rules that are accessible at ABD’s website at the Iowa ABD Website.

Important highlights of the 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 lid must be sealed by a plastic, shrink-wrapped, process
  •  The beer transferred from the keg to the growler must be purchased from a licensed beer wholesaler
  •  Growlers cannot be sold by one retailer to another retailer

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