Growlers – Off-Premises Alcohol Licenses

Craft Beer sales continue to grow, in Virginia. And every brewery in Virginia sells beer; some now sell growlers. Does your brewery want to sell/fill growlers? Or perhaps you are asking yourself: “What is a growler?” or “Is our brewery allowed to sell them? “

Growlers are reusable and refillable containers that can hold beer or wine – they are designed to be filled and sealed on premises for off-premises consumption.

Below are the VA ABC regulations for selling growlers:

  • Must be in a reusable glass, ceramic, or metal container
  • Must be re-sealable closure
  • Can be sold up until midnight
  • Sales can resume at 6am
  • Must be a licensed Restaurant with Wine and Beer On and Off-Premises privilege, OR
  • Must be licensed as a Gourmet Shop with Wine and Beer Off-Premises privilege and meet gourmet food sales/inventory requirements to comply as a “gourmet shop”


  • Beer or Cider can be in containers up to 128 oz (translating to 4L). In legalize (from code 3VAC5-40-30) Beer and cider may be sold for off-premises consumption by persons licensed to sell beer and cider for off-premises consumption in growlers with a maximum capacity of 128 fluid ounces or if in metric size containers, four liters.
  • Wine can be put in containers up to 64 oz (translating to 2L). In legalize (from code 3Vac5-40-30) Wine may be sold for off-premises consumption in growlers with a maximum capacity of 64 fluid ounces or, for metric size containers, two liters. Wine sold in growlers may only be sold by persons licensed to sell wine for both on-premises and off-premises consumption and by gourmet shop licensees. Wine sold by gourmet shop licensees shall be labeled with the (i) manufacturer’s name or trade name, (ii) place of production, (iii) net contents in fluid ounces, and (iv) name and address of the retailer.
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*Disclaimer: This article and its contents represent the opinions of the author only and is not intended to convey or constitute legal advice. ABC Consulting is a private consulting firm, and in no way do we represent the VA Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority. You should not act upon any such information without seeking qualified professional advice based upon your situation.

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