Michigan Considers Legislation to Reform Beer Growler Sales


The Michigan legislature is currently considering a bill that would streamline the licensing process for selling and refilling beer growlers in the state. Specifically, the legislation would ensure that retailers such as grocery stores no longer need to obtain specialized tavern or distributor licenses to sell growlers. Jarrett Skorup, a policy analyst at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, testified in favor of the bill:

This bill is a simple one — it lowers the threshold by one major step to make it easier for people to buy and sell beer. At the end of the day, this bill expands the ability for people to freely buy a legal product with no cost to the state or other residents. The Mackinac Center is happy to support it...


Current rules simply cause higher prices and drive more business underground. The current rules regarding who can sell growlers are overly confusing and have caused people to get into trouble needlessly. We’re happy to see legislators consider chopping back one more regulation and we encourage you to look at the system from top-to-bottom as a whole..."

 The full testimony is available here.