Monday, July 7, 2014

The growler open line

Posted By on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 4:11 PM

DRAFT LINEUP: At 107 Liquor.
  • DRAFT LINEUP: At 107 Liquor.
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The line is open and who says there's no good news?

Draft beer to take home is pouring out of taps at licensed Arkansas retail outlets.

Eat Arkansas has reported on the new draft filling stations at Colonial Wine and Spirits.

A Tweet from 107 Liquor indicates it's on-line, too. Not surprising, given that owner John Crow has long been an advocate for craft brew makers.

A new state rule allows sale of draft beer in 32- and 64-ounce "growlers," or glass bottles that must be sealed after filling. They can be refilled.

The rule is to encourage craft beer makers in Arkansas by giving them additional outlets for their draft products.

A retailer can sell any type of draft beer this way,however,  even Old Milwaukee. I repeat my wish that some friendly retailer would include mainstream lager in the mix on occasion.

I don't know yet how many others are on-line with draft offerings. It takes a bit of machinery and tending, so it's not likely to be a feature at all, or even most, packaged beer sellers.

I still recall  taking my mother and her sister to visit relatives in a working class German neighborhood in Cincinnati. It was a reunion after many years apart and a little awkward until one of the relatives asked if anyone drank beer. You bet, I said. Eyes brightened. Relatives pulled jugs from under the kitchen counter and sent kids to a tavern down the block to fill with Hudepohl. A truly golden memory.

The ABC list of draft outlets as of this afternoon, as a public service (in addition to beer sold by craft brewers themselves at breweries and brew pubs):

Mapco Express, Inc. 8101 Stagecoach Road Little Rock
Brick Street Brews 208 W. Walnut Rogers
107 Liquor 250 W. Kiehl Sherwood 
Walton Blvd. Wine and Spirits, LLC 406 Razorback Drive Bentonville
Ozark Mountain Taproom 140 E. Van Buren Eureka Springs
Springhill Wine & Spirits 4281 East McCain Blvd. North Little Rock
Colonial Wine 11200 West Markham Little Rock
Roadrunner 5720 Loop 245 Texarkana
Petro Plus, LLC 11401 Cantrell Little Rock
Petro Plus, LLC 1200 South Shackleford Little Rock
Roadrunner 123 3039 Albert Pike Hot Springs
Petro Plus, LLC 6320 Rogers Ave Fort Smith
Petro Plus, LLC 357 College Ave Fayetteville
Mapco Express, Inc. 4139 Central Ave Hot Springs
Mapco Express, Inc. #7519 3300 Springhill Drive North Little Rock


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