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CROWLER LICENSE - Non-refillable Container

CROWLER LICENSE / Non-Refillable Container License - The Maryland General Assembly approved a crowler bill for alcohol beverage licensees during the 2016 session. In Washington County this bill applies to all class A, class B and class D licensees who currently have a beer, beer and wine or a beer, wine and liquor license. The Board may issue a Crowler Non-refillable Container Permit – Draft Beer to a licensee that already holds a Growler permit OR completes the application for a Crowler.


Annual license fee of:

  1. $500.00 for an applicant whose alcoholic beverage license does not have an off-sale privilege; and


  1. $50.00 for an applicant whose alcoholic beverage license has an off-sale privilege; and

(1)  An applicant that holds a license without an off-sale privilege shall meet the same advertising, posting of notice, and public hearing requirements as those for the license that the applicant holds.


  1. Hours – The hours of sale for a non-refillable container license:

(1) Begin at the same times as those for the license already held by the person to whom the non-refillable container license is issued; and

(2) End at midnight.



The requirements for the crowlers are found in Article 2B, § 4-1106 (Non-refillable container permit – Draft Beer) subject to § 31-1102 of this subtitle 31-1102.1.

To be used as a non-refillable container for draft beer under the authority of a non-refillable container permit issued under this article, a container shall:


  1. Be constructed out of aluminum;

  2. Be sealable;

  3. Be branded with an identifying marks of the seller of the container and;

  4. Bear the Federal Health Warning Statement required for containers of alcoholic beverages under 27 C.F.R. §16.21; 


27 C.F.R., § 16.21:  Mandatory Label Information: 

(There shall be stated on the brand label or separate front label or on a back or side label, separate and apart from all other information, the following statement):


            GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems.

Annual Fee:

$50.00 for an applicant with off sale privileges

$500.00 for an applicant that does not have an off sale privilege

Effective July 1, 2017



All documents need to be signed and notarized before bringing them into the office. We are no longer taking cash payments. 

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