- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon’s congressional delegation says federal liquor regulations threaten to undermine a new state law allowing the sale of wine in re-useable containers known as growlers.

All seven members of the delegation sent a letter Tuesday to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. They ask the agency to reconsider its ruling that retailers filling growlers must comply with the rules that apply to wine bottlers.

They say the requirements for labels, licenses and record-keeping would be burdensome and limit sales of Oregon wines.

Beer is routinely sold in growlers. The state Legislature voted last year to allow similar sales for wine, but federal laws treat beer and wine differently.

TTB spokesman Tom Hogue says the agency shares the delegation’s concerns and is looking at options for addressing them.



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