I’m not a fan of being wrong. But there are two recent incidents in which I’ve been wrong, and I’m kind of okay with it:
- Keeping Roethlisberger in my fantasy lineup this week was not a mistake.
- My post about growler fill laws is woefully inaccurate. And the parts that are right aren’t right for good reasons.
Nathan of The Beer Spy — who you should be reading, by the way — just wrote this great post: Why Stores Won’t Fill Your Growler in Anne Arundel County (Spoiler: someone forgot to tell the county it’s now legal).
If you’re a lazy schmo who can’t take two seconds to click on that link and be informed (for shame), and/or the term “license holder” makes you want to rip your hair out, here’s the Cliff’s Notes version: The new law does not state that you can only fill a Fishpaws growler at Fishpaws. It actually states that you can fill an Annebeth’s growler at Fishpaws, and vice versa. The law does in fact promote the free-flowing of awesome beer with the use of a growler from any “license holder.”
But here’s the part where you shake your head and go LOLGOVERNMENT: The Liquor Board wasn’t told about the changes so they kept charging ahead, rule-making while using the language with old growler limits.
Because communication is a top priority.
Thankfully Nathan also had good news for us beer drinkers:
But don’t worry, Senator Reilly told me that he and some of his colleagues will be meeting with the Liquor Board soon to workout changes to the regulations so that growler usage is implemented in AA County as intended. I will stay on top of this an keep all two of my readers updated.
This is obviously fantastic news, because I really don’t want our apartment to turn into a dope, but also dangerous, fort made of thousands of growlers that I’ve been forced to buy to be a compliant, law-abiding beer lover.
But when I met with Lindsey and Keith for drinks at 1747 Pub last week, we talked at length at how frustrated we feel as beer lovers by the confusing, often-conflicting rules and regulations that govern counties across the state.
Admittedly, I am new to the area, and historically I’m used to fewer restrictions when it comes to my beer purchasing behavior, particularly as it pertains to growlers. But I’m amazed at how confusing things are here, leaving people understandably feeling like they’re fighting an uphill battle just to be able to drink good beer.
It shouldn’t take so much effort to figure out what all of these laws mean. Because right now it feels like a game of Where’s Waldo? where everyone is dressed up like Waldo. For example, why can’t I buy beer in a grocery store, but I can promote a healthy lifestyle at the freaking Rite Aid next to Naval Bagels by picking up some trash bags and oh, some Jameson, because that location has a FULL SERVICE LIQUOR STORE INSIDE OF IT?
Also? Apparently this Rite Aid has the lowest Flying Dog prices in town. True story.
I know there are laws upon laws out there that explain how something this illogical makes “perfect sense,” but I don’t care. It’s dumb to the point where it feels like I’m getting dumber the more I think about it.
Does the state of Maryland think we’re one legislative clause away from turning from reasonable, responsible beer drinkers into Drunk Hulk, hulk-smashing our way down West Street, swinging a growler in the air? Newsflash, Maryland: I can buy beer at the Whole Foods in Alexandria, Va. They even have a bar inside where you can sit and drink really good beer. And guess what? The citizens of Alexandria are just fine — the lax laws there have not resulted in the streets running red with blood. No soccer moms are beating each other to death with yoga mats.
Anyway, I digress. Basically reading that post today made me incredibly happy.
We should be more pro-beer in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, and this is a step in the right direction. Don’t make those of us who really love beer feel like we’re being forced to wear a chest leash and a helmet every time we want to go out and fill up a growler. We’re not children. Without these ridiculous restrictions, I’d absolutely buy more beer, as I wouldn’t be constantly fretting over whether or not I had a growler from the right license holder — and this would support small businesses and craft breweries alike.
And isn’t that really what we all want? I mean, aside from more tasty beer in our bellies of course.