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Posted: April 11, 2021

Growler sales on table again for off-site consumption

The B.C. government April 8 announced it is providing the opportunity for Liquor Primary and Food Primary licensee businesses to package draught beer in growlers for sale to patrons with the purchase of a meal for off-site consumption until June 6.

A growler is a glass, ceramic, or stainless steel container used to transport draft beer, commonly sold at breweries and brewpubs as a means to sell take-out craft beer.

This temporary authorization was made available earlier in the pandemic in response to the provincial health officer’s (PHO) orders, which prohibited on-site service, but was rescinded on July 13, 2020, after on-site service was resumed.

Once again, PHO restrictions are prohibiting indoor service until at least April 19, with the possibility of extensions, though patio service and take-out/delivery can continue.

“We know it’s a tough time for the food and beverage sector, and we continue to work closely with industry representatives to be nimble and find ways to support the many restaurants, pubs and other establishments,” Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “I also want to extend my appreciation to the businesses that are adhering to the PHO orders and helping to keep British Columbians safe as we navigate this new wave of COVID-19 cases.”

This change will provide licensees with an opportunity to sell draught beer that would otherwise be at risk of spoiling. It will also help mitigate financial loss by providing an additional short-term revenue stream to maintain operations and employment, a Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General media release outlined.

This temporary measure is supported by industry and has been requested by licensees since the initial authorization was rescinded in July 2020.

“Hospitality industry representatives advocated to government for this change,” said Jeff Guignard, executive director, Alliance of Beverage Licensees BC. “It’s encouraging to see the Province take such fast action to help thousands of small and medium businesses recover some of the revenue opportunities that would’ve otherwise been lost during this latest period of restrictions.”

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