Soon you could grab a growler and go at Del. liquor stores
By Amy Cherry

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WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

A Brandywine Hundred state lawmaker seeks to expand craft beer sales in the state.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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You would no longer have to drive across state lines to get a growler of your favorite Twin Lakes brew. Instead you could at your neighborhood liquor store in Delaware, if Rep. Deb Heffernan's bill passes.

"This growler bill is a great, exciting opportunity for both craft brewers, liquor stores, and craft beer afficionados," says the Brandywine Hundred Democrat.

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Ed Mulvihill owner of Pecos Liquors says this would definitely boost their business, especially since Delawareans can just drive the 10 miles over the state line to get a growler of whatever they want.

"I'd say once a week, somebody comes in, and says, 'Hey ya know, up at Whole Foods, they're filling growlers. Have you guys ever thought about doing that?' It's frustrating to be a retailer and to not be able to fill a demand from your consumer," says Mulvihill.

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Mike Whitwell, general manager of Premier Wine & Spirits, says he hears the same thing.

"It's like how many times a day do I get asked this question is really what it comes down to. It's not something we get occasionally, it's something we get every day," he says.

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Chad Campbell, co-owner of 16 Mile Brewery in Georgetown, says this bill would expand their market vastly.

"You're going to be able to come to these retail establishments and get a growler of things that aren't necessarily on the shelves," says Campbell.

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The bill goes hand-in-hand with economic development.

"Just like in the food market today, people want to drink local, they want a selection, they want a variety, they want fresh, and really the growler bill allows us to do that," says Whitwell.

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Whitwell says consumers will definitely have more options.

"There's a lot of beers that are unavailable, only on draft, so there's a lot of specialty seasonal stuff that only comes in kegs. Right now, none of us are able to sell those," says Whitwell.

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For breweries like Twin Lakes in Greenville, owner Samuel Hobbs says this measure is key.

"We only sell our beer within 100 miles. It is the liquor stores and the restaurants that have helped support our brewery," says Hobbs, who adds, he's 100 percent behind the growler bill.

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