Forsyth County OKs brewpub growlers

Brewpub patrons in Forsyth County would be able to take home “growlers” – sealable, transportable containers of beer from the tap – under an amendment to the county liquor ordinance approved by Forsyth commissioners Thursday.

A brewpub is defined as an eating establishment that brews its own beer, and that derives at least 50 percent of total annual gross food and beverage sales from food. Forsyth has one brewpub – Rick Tanner’s Grille and Bar in Cumming, whose brewmaster Nick Tanner spoke in favor of the ordinance amendment.

To sell growlers, a brewpub would have to be state-licensed and also hold a retail package liquor sales license. Brewpub growler tastings are allowed, provided they’re no more than two ounces per glass and no more than eight ounces total a day is served to a customer.

So far, a handful of Georgia jurisdictions allow brewpub growlers. Alpharetta and Sandy Springs are among them, and Atlanta is considering it.