PORTLAND, Ore. — On Friday, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden announced that the federal agency that regulates the sale of alcohol has agreed to rescind an order that would have blocked the sale of wine growlers in Oregon.
In a letter to members of the Oregon delegation the administrator of the federal Alcohol, Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau’s administrator wrote that he is immediately rescinding its ruling with respect to wine sold in growlers.
“This is news that deserves a toast – Wine growlers are once again legal in the State of Oregon,” Wyden said. “I want to thank the Alcohol, Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for managing to break through the bureaucratic morass and finding a common sense solution.”
Last month, the Federal Alcohol, Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, which is charged with regulating and taxing alcohol producers, announced that it would require that retailers selling wine in refillable containers known as growlers be subject to the same burdensome record keeping, labeling and registration requirements as large wine bottling operations.
The regulation was in conflict with the intent of the Oregon Legislature, which last spring unanimously voted to allow Oregon retailers to sell wine growlers. In response, Wyden and other members of the delegation asked that ruling be rescinded.
The Oregon wine industry generates $3 billion a year in economic activity and provides more than 13,000 jobs. Wyden was joined at the news conference by owners of Oregon wineries and representatives of the Oregon Winegrowers Association.