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Howard legislators back growler bill

Legislation allowing restaurants to sell refillable containers used for draft beer, known as growlers, won broad support from local Howard County lawmakers who agreed Wednesday to move the local bill before the General Assembly.

The Howard bill, along with another introduced in Baltimore City, would allow restaurants to apply for a license to sell growlers to dine-in customers. State laws currently limit growlers to breweries with an attached restaurant, but some restaurant owners have expressed interest in expanding the ability to sell growlers.

Randy Marriner brought his own growler— unfilled— to Wednesday's county delegation hearing. The owner of Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, he said his customers have repeatedly asked for growlers at his restaurant, specializing in craft beers.

Del. Guy Guzzone, the delegation's co-chair, said an amendment to include draft wine to-go is being considered.

A public hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Lowe House Office Building in Annapolis.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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