Feds back off on Ore. wine growler regulations

Feds back off on Ore. wine growler regulations

Feds back off on Ore. wine growler regulations

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by Associated Press

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Posted on April 26, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Updated Saturday, Apr 26 at 9:54 AM

PORTLAND -- Federal regulators have backed off for now on requiring Oregon merchants who offer wine growlers to comply with the same rules as wine bottlers.

Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon announced the decision Friday in Portland. State legislators last year approved the sale of takeout wine in refillable bottles commonly known as growlers, a popular way for beer drinkers to get their fill.

But a Treasury Department bureau said last month that wine growler sales would be subject to regulations for labels, licenses and records.

Oregon's congressional delegation asked the agency to reconsider, saying the requirements would be a burden for wine merchants.

In response, the agency's administrator said it would suspend the ruling and begin a rule-making process to modernize its regulations.

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