Wine Bin to Sell Growlers of Hard-to-Find Beer

Wine Bin Owner: 'Yes, I have beer.'


The Wine Bin added a small addition to its signs on Main Street in Ellicott City on Wednesday.

They modified the sign to say "and beer..." at the bottom.

"People always tell me 'I didn't know you have beer'," said owner Dave Carney about the small addition to the sign. "Yes, I have beer."

The Wine Bin, which is locally known for its large selection of wines and its outdoor movie screenings in the summer, has also been home to a large selection of craft beer for the past four years, said Carney.

This winter, Carney said the store will be adding two kegs behind the counter to begin selling growlers of hard-to-find beer.

Carney explained customers will be able to purchase a Wine Bin growler, which the store will fill out of the two kegs in the store. Customers then keep the growler and can refill it when they return to the store.

Carney said the store is in the process of obtaining a new license from Howard County that will allow it to offer the growlers. He said he hopes to start filling growlers in mid-January.

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Jeni Porter December 06, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Yummy! Can't Wait!
Nick Nichols December 06, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Great since the bars on Main Street dont seem to be doing it...at least not Judges Bench, and for good reason. others? If its crazy expensive it wont be worth it though. A growler holds 32,... 128oz up to a gallon so the price per pint needs to be at or below retail for beers you cannot find in bottle to be worth it. Thanks Wine Bin !
Peter Edelen December 06, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Actually the Brewery has done growlers of their own beer for years. The Bench probably doesn't do it because of the licensing issue and they mostly get pin kegs. Another bar in Howard County started to do it but got dinged for it and went and got the licensing. T-Bones does growlers off their taps for select beers as well.
Joe December 06, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Maryland has some of the most archaic liquor laws in the country regarding who can sell what from whom and where it can be sold. The distributors have held control for a hundred years.


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