Growlers now allowed at local businesses

By Josh Arntz
The Dickson Herald

Published July 22, 2015

The White Bluff Town Council recently established five classes of beer permits, including a provision that allows for growlers.

The five types of permits include manufacturers, off-sale, on-sale, special events and caterer.

The council voted 4-0 in a final reading during their July 7 meeting to create the beer permits.

Mayor Linda Hayes was absent. Vice Mayor Dan Clark conducted the meeting, and did not vote for the measure.

White Bluff Public Works Director Jeff Martin explained in an email that the “joint” permit listed under subsection a. of the on-sale beer permit allows business owners to sell items like growlers – a glass jug that typically holds a half gallon of beer.

“The idea is that a restaurant which sells beer for on-premises consumption may also offer a sealed container of beer – a growler – for sale for off-premises consumption,” Martin wrote. “This is currently happening at some area establishments where you can order a craft beer for consumption on site and also purchase a growler of beer for off-premises consumption.”

Below is a description of each permit:

Manufacturers: for a manufacturer of beer; for the manufacture, possession, storage, sale, distribution and transportation of the product of the manufacturer which product may be consumed upon the premises of the manufacturer to the extent permitted by state law of general application.

Off-sale: for any person, entity or legal organization engaged in the sale of beer where it is not to be consumed by the purchaser upon or near the premises of the seller.

On-sale: for any person or legal organization engaged in the sale of beer where it is to be consumed by the purchaser or his guests upon the premises of the seller, and provided beer may also be sold in hotel rooms or regularly conducted hotels and in regularly incorporated clubs and lodges upon their obtaining the required permit.

a. Anyone applying for or obtaining an on-sale permit may also sell beer to-go, so a patron may take beer with him purchased at such place after consuming beer. This will be known as a “joint” permit and shall cost an additional $250 at the time the application is made, or at any subsequent time when it is sought to change the type permit.

b. No alcoholic beverage shall be consumed in the parking lot of any establishment possessing an on-sale permit, except that with prior approval of the beer board, through application and approval of a special permit, as defined under this ordinance, for special events no longer than three consecutive calendar days; permittees may allow consumption of alcoholic beverages sold by the permittee within an area that is roped off or otherwise separated by a continuous fence or other type of barrier from the remaining portion of their parking lot, both ends of which terminate at the permittee’s building, deck, porch, patio or other such attached structure, and provided further that such permittee provides for an adequate number of private security personnel, as regulated by the town of White Bluff to prevent unlawful use or possession of alcoholic beverages and to enhance public safety.

Special events permit: required to be issued to any person, entity or organization engaged in the sale of such beverages where they are to be consumed by the purchaser or his guests upon the premises of the seller, including but not limited to any location the purchaser has rented for the purpose of the special event. The special events permit will be issued for the fee of $100 after approval by the White Bluff beer board. Prior notification must be made in writing 30 days prior to the event, with the organization holding the event and location where the event is to be held. Each permit will be issued for a specific date and a specific period of time. The specific period of time will not contradict any existing state or town ordinances or regulations.

Caterer permit: for any person, entity or legal organization conducting a food and beverage catering business who or which has been previously issued a liquor-by-the-drink certificate from the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The liquor-by-the-drink certificate must be current and not expired or revoked at the time of application for the caterer permit. The caterer permit will be issued for the fee of $100 after approval by the White Bluff beer board.

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