Last May, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed into law a controversial bill that allowed restaurants to sell draught beer in growlers as long as the establishment had 45 tap handles and derived 50% of their business from food sales. Without getting into the controversial political aspects of the bill, the provisions pretty much only allowed for a single restaurant in Missouri to sell growlers for off-premises consumption.
Well, the Missouri Legislature is back in session and an amendment to the original law has been proposed in the Missouri House of Representatives. House Bill HB1355 is an amendment that reduces the amount of draught beer necessary from 45 to 20. This is a big step as it would increase the number of places locally that could allow for growler sales.
But, without the food provision being removed it would also keep a lot of places from allowing off-premises sales. So, it’s time for us all to take action. Write and call your legislators, let them know that you want to have this bill changed to allow for more places in St. Louis to enjoy growler sales.
Don’t know who your legislator is? Luckily, Missouri has made it easy for you to find out. Get out there and make your voice heard.