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Growlers Beer to go goes big.

The recent controversy about whether to let D.C. retailers and brewpubs sell the resealable containers of beer known as growlers is hardly new. As the blog Ghosts of DC pointed out earlier this year, city officials and brewers were brawling in 1905 over whether to ban fathers from “sending little Jimmy out to the corner inn” to buy beer to go, in the words of the Washington Post. Over the past year, though, it’s become clearer and clearer that the growler is here to stay. Despite the alcohol board slapping beer stores D’Vines and De Vinos when they tried to start filling the vessels, the rise of breweries that are allowed to sell containers of their own wares—and a prominent petition from the pro-growler lobby—appears to have led to freedom of beer packaging choice. Earlier this month, the D.C. Council gave initial approval to a massive rewrite of the District’s liquor laws. Among the provisions: Grocery stores and brewpubs can sell growlers, too.

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