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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



Licensee's that have an existing patio will have to obtain a Sidewalk Cafe/Patio license to continue serving alcoholic beverages in that area.


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