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  1. Ross
    July 15, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    Very interesting because this is the opposite of what I was told by a RR bartender when I visited in early May. We were discussing the topic of growler fills and I was recounting how great it was in WA, where I could walk in with any growler and get my fill from any brewery. He then showed me some brand new, blue-colored growler hang tags that they were hoping would soon be used to fill any growler that walked in to the brewery and still comply with the ABC. I took one with me as a souvenir of what I hoped was a pending evolution of the stupid CA growler laws. Somewhere since May RR must have done a 180 on their policy.


  2. James
    July 10, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    Wow! I had to put on my waders to make it through all that bullshit RR! You guys should be ashamed for thinking that craft beer drinkers are dumb enough to believe that crap. If we were that dumb, we’d be drinking macro brews!


  3. afrokaze
    July 9, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    in this case, it’s mostly the beer nerd crowd who are buying/talking about growlers, so RR might benefit from biting the bullet and pulling a Xbox One-style turnaround. At the end of the day it;s only really about branding and it’s kinda sad to see, but the “craft beer spirit” of community and goodwill is starting to clash with the need to make money… they should just be honest about it.


  4. Scott Schiller
    July 9, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    I can understand RR not wanting to put beer in another brewery’s growlers so there’s no confusion. (“Hey, this beer from Bathwater Brewing is great!!”) But the law already accounts for that by requiring a new label that completely covers the old one, with the new label accurately reflecting the manufacturer of the beer inside. I can BARELY believe that there are some growlers out there that won’t work with RR’s equipment, but then don’t fill those types!

    Seems like RR just doesn’t want the hassle.


  5. Sean Fainsan
    July 8, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    You guys are full of shit. Nothing but stuck up excuses. Your growler is better than everyone elses? Whats it made of? Also the size excuse? really? And sanitation? How is your growler any cleaner? Come on. Grow a pair. Love pliny but you need to take the stick out of your arse.


  6. entitled_Basartd
    July 8, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    I’m one of the entitled that feels he should be able to bring in an unbranded growler to any brewery and get a fill. If size and shape is an issue, I will gladly buy a set of the most popular sizes and shapes out there to conform to a brewery’s system.

    I don’t have a lot of room in my apartment so it’s unreasonable for each brewery to ask its patrons to purchase a growler from each and every one that a consumer may be interested in. What about places like San Diego, where are easily 20 or more breweries within reasonable distance from one another? What about emerging markets like Los Angeles and Orange County, where new breweries are being launched at a steady pace?

    Most of us expressing our gripes with these types of announcements is because of the dishonesty being displayed by these breweries. Let’s be real about this… breweries aren’t willing to let go of the revenue they generate from growler sales. Just stop frontin’ with all this bs about logistics, sanitation, and even quality.


  7. Filthy Marty
    July 8, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    It is painfully obvious that you are doing this purely for monetary reasons. Just be honest.


  8. Hop Head
    July 8, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    What a joke… Figured that RR would be pioneers in this movement since they have a rich tradition of small business integrity and thumbing their noses at profiteers…guess
    money does talk at RR after all.

    I’m also don’t think it’s “entitlement” so much as common sense. Shit, they could charge me a one time “subscription fee” (essentially the cost of me buying a growler from them) and then fill the growlers form any other place after I am a “subscrber”… even that ridiculous logic makes more sense than this explanation, which is clearly a thin veil for their need to sell more merch!


  9. Craft Beer Monger
    July 8, 2013 @ 7:03 am

    Seems like a rather arrogant and short-sighted view to me. Sorry Vinnie, but I don’t agree on this one. First off, many other breweries use the very same growler design. Why not fill those? Second, I never expect any brewery to sanitize my growler for me. That’s my problem. Third, WA has no issues with this. I can get virtually any growler filled at just about any place in WA that fills growlers.


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