At local Austin craft beer bar Cuvée Coffee Bar, owner Mike McKim has come out defiantly against the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s decision to ban what have become known as "crowlers" or rather 32 ounce aluminum cans that can be filled with beer straight from the tap line. While the TABC banned the cans due to legislation restricting the packaging of beer to breweries only, McKim has vowed to continue selling the crowlers, admitting he will most likely be charged a fine of up to $300 a day and be taken to court.
For customers, crowlers offer a superior method of transporting beers from their local tap rooms than the allowed growlers made of glass. In addition, in many areas that glass is banned, such as pools and concerts, crowlers make a worthy subsitute. McKim states that the sales of crowlers have far surpassed his growler sales and will fight the new restriction, forcing lawmakers to take a look at the ban's fairness. Read More