Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Beer Wins, Wine Loses

HoCo beer drinkers got some good news from Annapolis this week. The General Assembly passed legislation allowing bars and restaurants to sell draft beer in reusable containers, often referred to as growlers. According to this story by Lindsey McPherson in Explore Howard the law “specifies that the refillable containers must be between 32 and 128 ounces, sealable and branded by the license holder.”

Wine drinkers weren't so lucky. Joe Barbera, the proprietor of Aida Bistro in Columbia, had hoped the new law would also include wines sold by tap. His restaurant is one the few places that sells tap wines, but the amendment that would have included bottled tap wine sales never made it out of committee.

"I'm a little disappointed that that wasn't part of the (bill)," Barbera said. He said the amendment probably failed because wine on tap "is something fairly new and it's not available in a large number of locations, like there are places that have beer on tap."

Give it time Joe. It took awhile to get direct shipping too.
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