July 25, 2014 12:39 pm

Beer growlers to be available soon in Manitoba

Manitobans will soon be able to fill growlers, like this one from Village Brewery in Calgary.

Village Brewery

WINNIPEG – Manitobans will soon be able to buy draft beer and take it home in large glass jugs known as growlers.

A pilot project is being planned for a small number of government liquor stores this fall, which will allow customers to fill their own growlers and take them home.

Some private craft breweries are also planning to get in on the action.

Half Pints Brewing in Winnipeg says the reusable growlers are more environmentally friendly than regular bottles or cans and offer customers a way to enjoy freshly poured beer.

Other provinces, including Ontario, already allow growlers, which can be up to 1.9 litres in size.

The change in Manitoba is part of an overhaul of liquor regulations and is aimed at helping small craft breweries thrive.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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