Manitoba (Canada) started a government pilot project on opening tap beer sales points.
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries opened in Manitoba (Canada) five tap beer sales points, the so-called Growler Bars, within the scope of the six month pilot project, which was announced by Salinger’s government. Growlers bar is made as counters with tap beer in large liquor stores. Beer is dispensed into 1,89 l pitchers (growlers) with special device — PEGAS CrafTap.more>>>
Lately, growlers became a popular way to sell beer in North America. You can bring empty growler from home and change it for a full one or buy it in a shop for $4 and fill it with fresh beer at special "fuel stations".
"It’s an open secret that Manitoba residents are enthusiastic about beer. Our government strongly supports local brewers and opening of new beer stores and bars gives people a chance to enjoy fantastic taste of fresh beer" — said Growler Bars’ owners.
Growler Bars offers various kinds of beer made by local brewers Half Pints and Fort Garry.
"Growler format is widely spread in local breweries throughout the whole country and we couldn’t come up with a better way to develop our beer business here" — said Dave Ruge, Half Pints’ brewer.
Beer in Growler Bars is dispensed with device PEGAS CrafTap, which is notable for high pouring speed and preserves original taste of a beverage.
In Novosibirsk there was opened a restaurant, where beer is brewed right in front of guests, and, as well as in Europe, it can be taken home in a glass growler (glass bottle with handle).
We talked in more details about the restaurants and new for our city beer serving idea to brewer-technologist of BEERFACTORY, Natalya Bakhturova.more>>>
— Natalya, tell us about your restaurant, please.
BEERFACTORY — is a restaurant and brewery. We make beer right in front of our guests. Everyone can watch brewing process, as one can see fermentation tanks behind a glass partition wall. I can confidently say that here we have the freshest possible beer!
We don’t dispense our beverage into kegs, it can only be purchased in our restaurant. As soon as beer end fermentation finishes and it is ready, we pump it into pressure tanks — tanks for finished products. And it goes directly to the bar right from these tanks through beer pipeline.
At the moment, we brew two kinds of beer — "Helles" and semi-dark "Märzen". We now got a Czech brewer and we will make wheat bear. So far, it is only a fall promotion but we may include this beer into our regular offer.
Brewery equipment now allows to stably making 2 beer kinds. But we have already ordered additional equipment to expand our assortment. There will always be demand for a good, high-quality product.
— Why did you decide to brew beer right in the room?
There is no secret in how make our beer, its quality is indeed very high. We brew using the best raw materials: Austrian malt, Czech hops and yeast. Water goes through multistage purification and softening system. Beer is as much similar to European as possible.
The equipment plant is quite compact, it can easily be placed in the restaurant room. Besides, it is beautiful so why hiding it?
— In BEERFACTORY one can buy beer to take away in glass. Why glass though?
Glass bottle seems to be more suitable for exclusive beer than plastic one. This beer deserves to be served in imposing package. And, surely, it is better preserved in glass: dark bottle protects from light. Moreover, glass bottle can be used many times. It is very common in Europe: you bring an empty growler in a bar and change it for a full one. We also practice it in our restaurant: any customer can bring a bottle purchased from us and will get another one, full with fresh bear, instead.
We offer one and two litter bottles to our guests.
And use PEGAS CrafTap to dispense it.
— Why did you choose PEGAS CrafTap?
From the very beginning we knew for sure that there would certainly be a demand for beer "to take away". And we firmly decided that we would sell it in glass package. We studied the market of dispensing equipment and chose PEGAS CrafTrap device for dispensing into glass bottles.
Pouring using a regular tap is very inconvenient: it takes long, there is too much foam and it discharges gas. And CrafTap provides absolutely foam-free dispensing and, moreover, quick, safe and hygienic.
We also installed PEGAS Classic but use dispensing into PETs only for internal needs (for example, to cook dishes or for tasting).
And it’s better to take away beer in glass, this way it will preserve its original taste. Beer in growler can also be a good present for gourmets.
— How do your guests react on such an unusual way to serve beer?
It’s still very uncommon for Russia but our guests react well, with interest.
We teach our guests European culture of beer drinking. Beer should be dispensed and packed properly, then it will save its taste till the moment of actual consumption!
We look forward to seeing everyone in our restaurant!
We continue introducing you to the stories of doing a successful business with PEGAS equipment and we are going to tell you about the draft beer shop Tru Bru in Australia.
The first thing that Tru Bru customers notice is a big plasma TV screen right above the counter. It demonstrates the information on 20 different kinds of draft beer and cider, its manufactures, relative hoppiness (bitterness) and price. The list changes every day, because the beer is inevitably "leaving" the store: in recycled bottles or plastic bottles "graullers" (1.89 liters), "squealers" (0.95 liters) or "whistlers" (0.475 liters).more>>>
The owner of the store is Anton Sagan from Russia, where it's no big deal at all to take your beer "to go" (to home from a bar). Whereas, for Australians the whole concept of "beer to go" is definitely something new.
Tru Bru customers pay for the bottles just once: when they first come at the store, during their next visits they pay for the beer only. In order to make the decision-making process easier, one can always try different sorts of beer.
11 years ago Anton Sagan, who was 18 years old, moved to study in Australia from Siberia. One day he went to buy some beer for the BBQ. Being raised in the country, where, very much like in New Zealand, filling the bottle with a draft beer was totally normal thing to do, he came in a bar with his girlfriend and asked:
"Bartender looked at me as if I was from another planet or something",— said Anton. "He couldn't understand what I was talking about".
And then, having observed this market niche, free of any competition whatsoever, and the opportunity to educate Melbourne folks on a new approach to enjoy the best types of beer, Sagan opened up his store.
"May I please have a draft beer to go? I have my own bottle, but I can certainly take it in any bottle you guys sell here".
Anton shared with us this story, while standing behind the counter of Tru Bru, his new draft beer store in South Yarra. There are 4 of the Pegas equipment, designed for pouring the beer in front of him and he is telling us how to pour 20 different types of beer and cider in 3 easy steps.
He's been working towards this goal for more than 10 years. He quit his secure, well-paid job in the railway and electric power industries, having decided that he would like to establish and spread a culture of drinking draft fresh beer.
"It all comes down to my big affection for fresh beer",- he said.
The beer which comes out of the 20 kegs (kept in a cold room, taking almost half of the space) is being poured through just 4 Pegas pouring devices. Simple as it looks, Pegas CraftTap system fills the bottle using the back-pressure (reverse pressure). This pouring technique won't allow any foam to settle and will retain impeccable flavor of freshly brewed beer.
Furthermore, there is almost no waste — the output is close to 100%! "I hate wasting good quality beer, I consider it as a sin",— Anton laughs. The beer is being poured into the containers of 3 different sizes. These are well known 1.9 liters "graullers" (with an image of a bear named Boris), 1-liters Squealer and the small recycled Australian bottles, which they call "Whistler".
The new concept of selling beer in the country, where the whole idea of draft beer is a bit odd for the majority of people, nevertheless, is growing. There are a few reasons for this:
First off, it's the store itself with its unique idea of beer "to-go". Also it's the branded table setting and excellent drinks. Secondly, it is geographically located close to the main streets and the railway station.
Add to all of the above our happy customers and enthusiasm of the owner. The regular guests are being greeted with the stories about the new types of beer (and, as a rule of thumb, they get to try some), and the new guests are being told about the concept of the store and the commitment of Tru Bru to the fresh draft beer.
As far as the future is concerned, first of all, we are looking into extending our selection. In the meantime, Anton is working on obtaining a license, which would allow his clients to drink the beer right at the store. Then we are planning on opening up more stores of Tru Bru chain in different cities.
Tru Bru suggests appealingly simple and incredibly interesting concept, which is impeccably put into work. It's a fancy, compact space with wooden shelves and cork oak floor; there is a big cartoon images of Melbourne downtown on one of the walls.
Besides the vast beer assortment, the store offers a large selection of snacks, such as jerky, cheese, and bacon.
You may also purchase some of the Tru Bru branded goods: tees and leather cases for your graullers. If you bought one of the big glass bottles, you could save it and refill it over and over again. You may want to subscribe to "Medvezhiy Club": 6 best types of beer of the month will be brought to your door in the bottles of 750 ml for $ 90.
The regular guests are saying : "Thank you for delivering the real beer!".
"This is awesome that our customers are enjoying it",— Anton says. «At first they would come to us out of curiosity and say something like: "Wow! This is amazing!" And after that, they come back again and again. ultimately, we are happy that we can offer a quality beer to our customers!"
— How did you decide to open a draft beer store? What stands behind that decision?
The owner of the company has been working in Moscow for more than three years and he has been to such beer shops many times. His friends and he realized that this concept did not exist in Hungary, where people could only buy draft or bottled beer. So we looked into microbreweries in Hungary, and it turned out that the brewers and beer experts never heard about such dispensing technology and shown a great interest in selling their beer to the stores like that. The decision to open a beer shop was obvious then, and we wanted to create something special and interesting.more>>>
— Are Hungarians interested in such concept?
Craft beers from microbreweries are becoming increasingly popular, but not all of them can bottle their beers. It's no secret that Hungarians enjoy their beer, especially on tap, and prefer to have a wide variety. But with the fast-paced modern lifestyle, people are too busy to sit down and enjoy a good draft beer in a pub or restaurant – since those are the only places you could get a good beer at. Our mission is to promote Hungarian microbrewers, so that people can try all of the wonderful craft varieties which are available in Hungary.
— How many types of beer do you offer in your store?
When we opened our first shop, we offered 13 different types of beer, using the Pegas Novotap Gold dispensing system. Our second store, which is opening in September, will already offer 15 types of beer. Our customers will be able to enjoy all sorts of beer - filtered and non-filtered, blond and brown, black and wheat, corn and even beer infused with different fruit, such as strawberry, cherry with cognac, elderberry and quince. But we won't stop there – we are planning to introduce “guest” or session beers, so that our customers can always try something new and exciting.
— Which brands of beer do you sell? (I mean, are there local brands etc.)?
We only sell Hungarian beers from Hungarian microbreweries. We are doing our best to promote Hungarian-made beer to the public, so that people realize how good Hungarian beers are, and how passionate the brewers are about creating a good product for their customers. There are more than 200 high quality craft beers available in Hungary.
— Which bottles do you use in the store, PET or glass, and what do the customers prefer?
Before launching our first shop, we did have some concerns about whether Hungarian buyers would like buying their beer in plastic bottles, and whether such packaging would be attractive. But we quickly realized that if a bottle has a nice colour and shape, and if the label is done with taste, unique or even quirky, then people would not feel that this packaging is cheap and that they are buying an inferior product, just because it comes in plastic. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive: our customers like this packing and are even buying it for parties and as gifts. We also offer custom-made labels, for example with a name or a special inscription on it, and this has proven to be extremely popular.
We are thinking about selling beer in glass bottles, but this will be the next step. Before we make this move, we would like to expand the list of beers on demand and to open several more shops, to strengthen our market position in Hungary.
— Can you say that your first beer store has already enjoyed a degree of success?
We have only been open for a couple of months, but it's already clear that Hungarians love good quality beers, and regularly come to our shop to check out our special offers and promotions. To tell you the truth, we did not expect such a good start and feedback, not only from our customers but also from breweries and beer experts. We already have a lot of beers that the breweries would like to see on "guest" beer list.
— How easy was it to open your first shop?
Of course we had some difficulties with authorities, like customs and the tax office, since this type of business is outside of their regular scope, but the officials were surprisingly helpful and really wanted to see this concept work in Hungary. Actually, I think they're also fans of good beer! It took a few months to get all the permits and complete all paperwork, but we now have the green light and know how to start-up a beer store in just one or two months. But the most important thing is to see that people are dazzled and curious to come in and taste all of the different beers, and that they're absolutely blown away by both the choice and the customer service. We really appreciate all of the hard work our staff invested to earn such an acknowledgement, and we would also like to thank the Pegas team for their wonderful support.
— Could you please tell us in a few words about the specifics of your business — the history of your company, what expectations you had prior starting up this business in Argentina and so on. You may also share some of the latest news on the — Could you please tell us in a few words about the specifics of your business — the history of your company, what expectations you had prior starting up this business in Argentina and so on. You may also share some of the latest news on the situation in the beer market: what are the trends and what is in demand?situation in the beer market: what are the trends and what is in demand?more>>>
The company's history basically boils down to the fact that we have been tempted for quite a while to introduce general public to some tasty, nutritious, freshly brewed barrel beer in Argentina, which is pretty well received in the world these days. (In the last beer championship of South America, that was held in Brazil in the end of July 2014, Argentina brought home 7 medals , a few of which were gold: same as last year). Given that, our expectations of the business were the most delightful as opposed to other offers since a really good beer is a strong argument as itself, especially if you try to get the most out of pleasure and good nutrition. Speaking of the trends, I can only relate to the beer experts and this is to mention North America which obviously has its influence and known for its strong and hoppy beer selection such as: American Pale Ale, Indian Pale Ale, Doble IPA, Triple IPA.
— Why have you decided to launch the chain of beer shops? Is there a history behind?
The same question.
— Why do you prefer draft beer, and not bottle?
It's rather simple. The local draft beer is freshly brewed, unpasteurized, for the most part, unfiltered , and certainly doesn't contain any preservatives, all of that makes it above and beyond competition in terms of flavor, scent and nutritious characteristics; in contrast to the supreme beer representatives in the industry worldwide, which are preserved for a very long time compared to one-week of organic, fresh beer.
— Is such concept of the draft beer shop popular in Argentina? Why?
Such format would be popular in any country where there is tasty, draft beer besides industrial. Why? Due to the simple fact that draft beer is an organic, fresh and, very delicious product and it varies greatly considering little percentage of alcohol among other alcohol drinks, which also couldn't be underrated.
— How many different types of beer do you have in your shop?
We have 18 types of well-selected draft beef, about 160 types of bottle beer and a great variety of smoked products (like sausages) along with other beer snacks in our chain of shops, provided the import in our country is almost completely shut down.
— What are the brands of the beer you're offering? Are there any local brands?
Exceptionally local brands! It comes down to the fact that they offer fresh beer, with no preservatives and it's significantly cheaper than the imported representatives, who offer quite simple beer with far expiration date at much higher price.
— What type of bottles do you use (PET or glass)? Which ones are more appealing to your customers?
We use only PET bottles, however we had to face a serious distrust even from those who come in with a plastic bottle Coca-Cola. The issue has been fixed by manufacturing our own nice beer bottle, nonetheless those who prefer glass or doubt the plastic still stayed and I think they will always be around.
— What are the first results from running your shop?
The very first results , as expected, are the thrill and excitement from our customers about the quality of the product as well as the chance to enjoy fine quality beer not only in a bar at a well anticipated price as it was before, but also at home, at a summer house, at different events and, generally speaking, wherever you can think of. Due to this fact, people who have never been introduced to a good , quality barrel beer start becoming more aware of the sorts of beer and already have their preferences. The number of such people is growing more and more every day.
— Could you please tell us a few words about the opening of your shop?
The question is a bit vague so again I'll go ahead and suggest my interpretation.
— What are some results from utilizing the Pegas system? Did you get to compare it with other analogues?
Back in a day when we first met we had two plastic beer faucets: the one was Pegas brand and another was its Chinese prototype at 1/3 off the Pegas price. During the first tests we were running, the Chinese faucet was disqualified by all parameters. It was nearly impossible to pour beer without the foam , we also noticed some gas leakage , and, besides, we were very doubtful about its lifetime, not to say a word about its visual look. Today we are utilizing a solid metal equipment Steels and in the process of switching to a new equipment — Novotap. If you hold it in your hands just once — you will get all the benefits of the Russian metallurgy without any words being said.
American distributor of PEGAS has opened a beer shop in New-York and shown the benefits of PEGAS devices in practice.
American distributor of PEGAS has opened a beer shop in New-York and shown the benefits of PEGAS devices in practice.20 January 2012 American distributor of PEGAS has opened a beer store "The Growler Station" in New York. Besides a huge variety of bottle beers the new shop offers to the customers 25 draft beers in glass and plastic bottles. PEGAS CrafTap is used for filling beer into growlers, and for PET-bottles a beer dispenser PEGAS NovoTap.more>>>
Along with a wide range of beers and snacks the shop features a showroom with beer dispensers PEGAS, where everyone can not only have a good look at PEGAS devices, but also test it. More details about the shop and its opening we get from co-owner of "The Growler Station" Tony Lane.
— Why did you decide to open a draft beer store? What is the background of store setting up?
TL — The Craft Beer market is taking off in the united States, and has been for years. We saw the opportunity to offer a new way to deliver Fresh Craft beer to consumers. There are a lot of locations in the Eastern side of the United States that fill growlers to go for customers, not none have as many beers on tap as we do.
— Is this format of beer store interesting for American people? Why?
TL — A beer store is not new for American's, there are plenty of Beer Store's selling high end Craft Beer. What we have done is developed a new experience for the customer to educate them about Craft Beer using our App that runs in Beer Wizard kiosks at each store that is linked to our POS System for real time updates on inventory. Also our POS System links to our Digital menu and our store web page that showcases what is on tap in real time.
— How many beer sorts are dispensed in your store?
TL — We have 25 beers on tap, 2 sodas on tap, and more than 300 beers available in bottle
— What beer brands do you dispense (I mean, are there local brands etc.)?
TL — All of the beer we sell is high end Craft Beer. We are selling nationally distributed brands, brands local to the region of the store, and also we sell imports.
— What types of bottles do you use in the store (PET- or glass bottles)? Which one seems to be more attractive for customers?
TL — We offer our draft beer in 32 oz. glass bottle, 64 oz. glass bottles, and plastic PET bottles. Glass Growlers are the tried and true way that customers like to buy their fresh craft beer to go.
— Can you already see the first achievements of the Growler Station?
TL — The store has gotten some great press and a lot of media attention. A second Growler Station is opening in April in Greenville, SC.
— Some words about the store opening.
TL — The opening week at The Growler Station was great, an business at the store continues to be great. Customers have welcomed us to the neighborhood with open arms and we appreciate that very much. Our brand seems to be catching on to the customers and they are very excited for the release of our Beer Wizard App.
The shop and showroom "Growler Station" aims not only at offering a huge assortment of high quality beer but also to give an example of a successful beer business organization with PAGAS products.
The hot news for beer geeks — who, concerned with freshness, may question the bottle turnover in such a vast bottle variety— is that The Beer Necessities also offers 15 taps with two Pegas canisters which is used to fill glass jugs known as "growlers" with draft beer.
The trickle down of the phenomenon that Joshua M. Bernstein terms the "Brewed Awakening" (in his book of that title) is that the craft beer revolution is coming to a town near you.
In that vein, The Grape Exchange (31 Quaker Ridge Rd, 914-576-3936) — a neighborhood wine and liquor store in New Rochelle — has branched out with a beer-focused venue located in the same shopping center. The Beer Necessities (11 Quaker Ridge Rd, 914-278-9050), offers 1,440 square feet devoted to boutique beers. New Rochelle is about to become a mecca for beer aficionados throughout Westchester County!
Whether you are a beer drinker or not it is just a fun store and a nice place to be and the store offers some great food as well.more>>>
"I want people to come on in, have a visit and enjoy," said store owner, Michael Grossberg.
Aiming to challenge DeCicco's Family Market for the title of Westchester's largest in-store selection, The Beer Necessities opened on November 28th to offer 415 types of beer in bottles and cans. The bottles stretch in an almost dizzying array along one entire wall of the narrow, deep store. Yet, according to Adam Deutsch — who, along with Michael Grossberg and John Paulercio owns the enterprise — the shop is soon expected to offer still more, aiming for 600 labels. The hot news for beer geeks — who, concerned with freshness, may question the bottle turnover in such a vast bottle variety — is that The Beer Necessities also offers 15 taps with two Pegas canisters which is used to fill glass jugs known as "growlers" with draft beer.
The Pegas System, which Grossberg describes as a Russian Filling Station, is a "no waste" station, designed to prevent oxygen from getting into the beer so the growler can be filled from the bottom up without creating a large head of foam.
The Pegas system is an upgrade from the surgical-style tubing that you'll see attached to the taps at Whole Foods (and other grocery stores). Like some wine storage systems, the Pegas replaces the air in the top of the filled growler with gases, prolonging the life of the unopened growler of beer for up to 45 days instead of the usual two weeks or so (according to the source http://www.westchestermagazine.com). The system's producers also claim that it reduces the traditional keg waste of 25-30 percent, liquid that's lost whenever servers overfill growlers to eliminate foam in the jug. The Pegas developers say that only 10 percent of the beer poured with this system is wasted in flushing the tap lines.
Growlers harken back to the late 19th century and the early 20th century when beer was sold and carried home in small galvanized pails. Today they offer customers a "green" reusable way to take home beer, many of which are best served in drafts rather than bottlers. Customers fill up, take the growler home where it can keep for up to two months until opened. Grossberg happily suggests drinking the entire contents that night once the growler is unsealed.
Deutsch says the idea for The Beer Necessities came from partner Michael Grossberg, who owns The Grape Exchange. In order to capitalize on the growing craft beer trend, Grossberg wanted to split his existing wine store to vend both beer and wine under the same roof. According to the New York State Liquor Authority, beer may not be sold in liquor stores, and currently, wine and liquor may not be sold by grocery stores in New York State.
The store is offering 415 beers from across the United States — like Purple Haze from Abita Springs, Louisiana to Otter Creek from Middlebury, Vermont to Dogfish Head from Milton, DE.
Grossberg can tell you a story about each and every one having personally tasted each of them.
"My philosophy is that I love doing what I am doing and my customers know it. I am just as excited about putting some new thing on the shelf as anybody could be," said Grossberg. "I love the way it looks, I love the way it tastes and I want to turn other people onto it."
With a wide selection of domestic beers from regions throughout the country, the store also offers an interesting and eclectic selection of beers from Europe and around the world.
"I love to educate people on wine, scotch, bourbon, things that you can't find everywhere, try it by tasting. I wanted to do the same with beer." Grossberg attributes his success with the first store to focusing on matching the profile of the wine to the profile of the customer.
"With The Grape Exchange, I never want to just sell a wine to a customer I want the story behind the wine to suit the customer's style so the wine and the story behind it is appealing to people. I want to do the same now for beer."
With the beer store Grossberg says he was "looking to do something different, something that people were looking for" noting that there is nothing else like The Beer Necessities in the area.
Grossberg not only acquired a license to sell beer at the store but a grocery license as well.
"I thought, what goes with beer?", he said. "The fact is everything goes with beer — hot sauces, dips, chips, and more — so we became a retail outlet for Great American BBQ and will offer foods from them and Chef Johnson who worked for Emeril, the famed chef, in Louisiana."
The store also offers an assortment of cheeses and other fine foods.
But, though foods and gifts are on offer, the main story at The Beer Necessities is beer — and, folks, there's a lot of it.
The store itself is a work of art. The floor is custom made using reclaimed wood from a barn in Kentucky laid out by hand. There is a table brought over from Bali hewn from a 200 year old tree. The top is one piece from the tree, the two legs are from the stump which was cut in half.
It is hard to find anything in the store that doesn't come with a good story — and a good owner ready to tell it.
PEGAS CrafTap for growler fills are coming to 99 Bottles. Thanks to the legislative action of House Bill 1465, Specialty Beer and/or Wine Stores in Washington State, like 99 Bottles, can expand their offerings to include growlers of craft from draft.
Growlers are containers that are filled at the business location from beer kegs, capped and sealed for at-home serving. Growlers allow retail stores to represent breweries that don’t have bottling capabilities.
"There are nearly 150 breweries in Washington State and less than 30 of those breweries bottle," says Tiffany Adamowski, co-owner of 99 Bottles. “With only 20% of local beer available in bottles means drinking out to enjoy favorites. But with the ability to offer growler fills favorite local beers, such as Mac & Jack’s African Amber and Georgetown Manny’s Pale Ale, are now available for at-home enjoyment."more>>>
"With thanks to our state legislature," Adamowski says, "we're finally able to reach our original dream for 99 Bottles! That is, a beer store surrounded by a community of wonderful beer lovers, supporting breweries by carrying their complete product families whenever possible, and offering beers to-go in bottles, cans and growlers."
Beginning Tuesday, August 23, 99 Bottles will be allowing you to explore craft on draft, offering up to eight different beers for growler fills. The beers available for growler fills will change after each keg is emptied.
The quality-conscious bottle shop will focus on fresh beer. 99 Bottles will use the PEGAS CrafTap system to preserve beer life. "Our fillers saturate the inside of the growler with CO2, preventing loss of carbonation, so sealed growlers are viable for three weeks or longer,” says Adamowski. Her husband and partner, Craig Adamowski, adds, “The system reduces the amount of foam, allowing us to focus on beer fills, rather than product waste. It’s quite cost efficient for us and the customer."
To get fresh craft from tap at 99 Bottles, containers must be clean, dry 32- or 64-ounce glass growler of standard size. Should yours not meet these sanitary requirements, you can buy a growler at the store.
"We look out for our customers. In compliance with the "No Open Containers" law, we're taking things a step further," says Ms. Adamowski, "99 Bottles seals every filled growler so there's no need to worry about transporting the beer home. With the safety seal, you're all ready for at-home enjoyment."
99 Bottles is a family owned and operated specialty beer store in Federal Way, Wash. The store offers over 1,000 different brews — ale, lager, hard cider, and mead. At 99 Bottles customers can mix their six-packs or choose all the same of their favorite brew. The store also offers a hundreds of kegs via advance order, and regularly stocks specialty beer glasses, brewery t-shirts, and other brewerania. 99 Bottles was voted "#1 Beer Store" in KING 5's Best of Western Washington in 2009 and 2010, and was featured on Evening Magazine in fall of 2010. Learn more at http://99bottles.net.
There are about 16,000 draught beer retail outlets all over Russia, each selling on average 10 beer types. 80% of draught beer dispensers installed at these retail outlets are the PEGAS systems. The newest beer dispenser in the PEGAS line is the CrafTap. The PEGAS CrafTap is successfully working in Germany, Austria, Czech, Israel, Finland, Switzerland, USA, and is gaining popularity in Russia.
Resembling a futuristic soda fountain, the cylindrical-shaped CrafTap is a beer dispensing system that enables fast and foam-free filling of draught beer from kegs into glass bottles. Since it’s unveiling at the 2011 Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America, CrafTap has attracted the attention of microbreweries throughout the U.S., since it lets them fill beer fast, hygienically, and with no foam. CrafTap virtually eliminates beer waste, increasing keg yield, lowering operational costs and optimizing business efficiency. Further, the CrafTap is a counterfill system, encompassing the inside of the growler in carbon dioxide (CO2), which prolongs the life of the beer. Learn more.
Sen. Steve Hobbs, (D-Lake Stevens) first introduced SB 5711 — 2011-12 concerning the sale of beer by beer and/or wine specialty shop licensees to the legislature on February 8, 2011. The bill reached its second reading, only to be placed in the Senate Rules “X” file on March 7. Realizing HB 1465 for modifying the conditions and restriction for liquor licenses was on-track for reading, public hearing, and executive action, Sen. Hobbs worked to get the growler action added. On April 29, Governor Gregoire signed HB 1465 into law, with an effective date of July 22, 2011. The new law authorizes a beer and/or wine specialty shop licensee, upon approval by the liquor control board, to receive an endorsement that permits the sale of beer to a purchaser in a sanitary container brought to the premises by the purchaser, or provided by the licensee, and filled at the tap by the licensee at the time of sale.