Growler stores in Macon-Bibb County may soon be able to sell a glass of beer to be consumed on site instead of simply selling sealed jugs of alcohol to take home.
Macon-Bibb commissioners are set Tuesday to consider a law change that would let growler locations offer wine and beer by the glass. Hard liquor would still be prohibited.
The proposed change was requested by the owners of the Growler Spot, 3841 Northside Drive, and the soon-to-open Lazy Dog Growler, 44 First St., said Assistant County Attorney Opie Bowen.
“They wanted to be able to sell pints as well,” he said. Bowen checked with state officials and was told on-site consumption was allowable as long as the businesses have the requisite licenses for both growler sales and sales by the drink.
Jay Patel, owner of Growler Spot -- next to his Carriage Hills Bottle Shoppe -- said he would like to start having beer tastings there. Under the current growler ordinance, patrons can only be offered three one-ounce samples of different beers, he said. Anything more must be poured into a 32-ounce or 64-ounce jug and sealed to take home.
Patel said he hasn’t begun applying for the needed license for on-site consumption. If the ordinance is approved and he seeks a license, he’ll do so at the end of the year when his sales license is up for renewal, he said.
Jeff Kressin, co-owner of Lazy Dog Growler, said he approached Macon-Bibb officials and the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce about pint-glass sales, hoping to duplicate what his Warner Robins location has been doing since March.
“Everyone has been super supportive and very willing to hear what was needed for me to be successful in the Macon market,” he said.
Lazy Dog’s second location is under construction now on the first floor of the Armory Ballroom at the corner of First and Poplar streets in Macon.
It should open in late August or early September, Kressin said.
He wants both locations to become “casual pint cafes,” a hybrid of package stores and bars without loud music, “kind of like a Starbucks, though for craft beer,” he said.
Kressin said he has applied for both licenses Lazy Dog would need to sell growlers and individual drinks. It’s a fairly long process, so the ordinance has time to pass first.
The ordinance, sponsored by the mayor’s office, is headed for the commission’s Economic & Community Development Committee for debate Tuesday morning. If approved there, it would move on to a final vote by the full commission Aug. 5.
To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.