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Texas law, for example, still does not allow breweries to sell to-go beer to customers. Hence, no growlers.
And while you still can’t fill growlers in some parts of Maryland, even those places where reforms are in place have seen a comedy of errors.
When one Annapolis seller attempted to apply for a local license to fill growlers, the Baltimore Sun reports, he found the city didn’t offer the license even though state legislators had voted (in Annapolis) to permit growlers there.
And there’s the added problem that reform does not always make for better laws. An “extremely awkward” and “annoying” new Utah law forces restaurant waitstaff “to confirm that customers intend to order food and not just drink” alcohol.
Good reforms, too, often fail. Pennsylvania is often cited as the best example of repeated efforts to reform an awful law--with good reason--but don’t even get me started on the sheer idiocy of Utah's so-called “Zion curtain.”
A few new good beer laws is reason enough to note how far we've come. But it's also a good time to reflect on how far we have to go to make sure brewers, restaurants, other sellers, and consumers alike have all the choices they want.