From David McAuley. Email at david[AT]borderstan.com
Another front on the Borderstan-area liquor sales controversy could open up on Wednesday, 13 February. That’s when the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B will vote on a resolution that will allow liquor and grocery stores in the Dupont Circle area to sell growlers of beer. Growlers are reusable jugs, often glass or ceramic, with a capacity of up to one-half gallon.
ANC 2B is already accepting comments on the resolution on its blog. One anti-resolution commenter on the site declared that allowing the sale of growlers “steps over the line”.
The new resolution comes on the heels of recent attempts by two local citizens groups to establish a new liquor license moratorium in an approximately six-block-wide circular area centered near the intersection U and 12th Streets NW. In response, opponents of the moratorium have started a petition and a website.
The sale of growlers for off-premise consumption became officially legal in the District as of January 15 due to new legislation. However, sales of single containers of beer are banned in all of Ward 2, an area which extends from the Capitol to Georgetown and from the Potomac to U Street.
ANC 2B is authorized to grant exceptions to this ban for liquor and grocery stores in its own jurisdiction, which is a considerably smaller area around Dupont Circle. The resolution, if passed, would effectively grandfather in all liquor and grocery stores in the area that have previously been granted a Single-Sales Exemption for other types of beer container, allowing them to sell growlers as well.
Brewpubs, or microbreweries, in the area do not require an exemption to sell growlers.
The 13 February ANC 2B meeting will be open to the public, starting at 7 pm at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW. The text of the resolution can be found on ANC 2B’s website. Comments can be left at the bottom of this page. A map showing the area of ANC 2B’s jurisdiction can be found here.