Growlers of craft beer to hit liquor store shelves

By Amy Cheryr 3:43pm, May 16, 2013
WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.
Beer lovers can now get growlers of their favorite beer just down the street.

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You don't have to trek down to Old Dominion in Dover or up to Twin Lakes in Greenville anymore to get your favorite beer on draft. And you don't have to go to a restaurant either. You can enjoy it right in the comfort of your own home.

A new bill signed into law allows local liquor stores to sell growlers of craft brew.

Rob Pfeiffer, head brewer at Twin Lakes, tells WDEL now people will discover their brewery makes more than just the popular pale ale you see in cans.

"We're too tiny to can a second type of beer yet, so a growler is an easy way for somebody to go out and try our stout, a pilsner, or wheat beer," says Pfeiffer.

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Right now, you can only try those beers in restaurants or at the brewery, which has limited hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Dogfish brewer Jesse Prall, who's also the President of the Delaware Brewers Guild, says the legislation will help larger breweries like Dogfish too.

"It will get our product out to more consumers, and it will keep business in state," says Prall.

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Before now, craft beer aficionados could just pick up a growler of their craft beer just by going across the state line to Pennsylvania or Maryland.

Democrats Rep. Deb Heffernan (D-Brandywine Hundred) and Sen. Dave Sokola (D-Newark) sponsored the economic development measure.

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