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DEAR RICK: Whatís the law/rule for using your own growlers, 64 or 32-ounce sizes, at breweries for carry-out/take home? Does it vary any between locales or counties in Ohio, or is there a statewide law that governs the use of personally owned growlers?†Thanks! Ė Robert W.† Brown II, Colonel, US Army, Retired



Dear Col. Brown: A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about some confusion over growlers. Basically, there were Ė maybe there still are Ė some breweries insisting that it was state law that you buy their growler instead of one that you hauled into the brewery or growler shop. In other words, if you brought a growler from Brewery X into Brewery Y, Brewery X wouldnít fill it.



As I wrote then, thatís baloney. There is no such state law.



I did follow up with Col. Brown to find out if thatís what he was referring to. It turns out he had an additional issue.



ďI was at two different places in NW Ohio last weekend and wasnít sure whatís allowable,Ē he wrote back. ďMy nephew had two growlers we took back to one of the establishments. I thought for sure they would be swapped-out for clean or sterilized ones. Instead they were rinsed with water, refilled and given back to him. Then I said, well I can clean my own one better at home, which got the discussion started about using your own containers.Ē



Iím not aware of any breweries that swap out a used growler for a new growler. (If there are, somebody let me know and Iíll update this post. UPDATE: Several people contacted me to say that the Daily Growler, which has locations in Powell and Upper Arlington, swaps out a new Daily Growler growler for a used Daily Growler growler.)



Now to your point about cleaniness. I always clean out my growlers before bringing them in to be filled. Itís not that I donít trust the brewery or growler shop. Itís just that, as you mentioned, I know I do a better cleaning job.