March 1, 2016 11:44 am
Updated: March 1, 2016 3:56 pm

Growlers can now be filled at liquor stores

If you're a fan of craft beer in Saskatchewan, the province is going to make it easier for you to fill up your growler.

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REGINA – If you’re a fan of craft beer in Saskatchewan, the province is going to make it easier for you to fill up your growler.

Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), off-sale outlets, franchises and private stores are now eligible to the popular refillable vessels.

“Interest in craft beer continues to grow but many of these unique products are not always available in cans or bottles,” Minister responsible for SLGA Don McMorris said.

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“Expanding the locations eligible to provide growler fills will give consumers additional opportunities to enjoy craft beer products in their homes.”

Growlers are reusable containers used by craft beer drinkers, and once you buy a growler you are able to use it over and over again, only paying for the actual beer. Until now, growlers were only able to be filled at microbreweries and brew pubs where the beer was made.

“This is great news not only for our business but for the craft beer industry overall,” Rebellion Brewing President and Brewmaster Jamie Singer said.

“Until now, customers could only get growler fills from our onsite brewery or the farmers’ market. This change will open up new retail opportunities for our products, which is something our customers have been asking for.”

Businesses that decide to offer growler fills will be required to include at least one tap that is Saskatchewan-made beer.

Two SGLA stores – one in Regina and Saskatoon – will implement growler filling stations as part of the pilot project.

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