Washington state law currently allows "specialty beer stores" to only sell kegs in 1/6 barrel size or smaller (5.16 cylinders).
Jeff Bert from the Gravity Beer Market in Olympia has been working hard to get this law changed so that you'll be able to get those special beers that only come in 1/4 and 1/2 barrels from your local beer store. Imagine: Mac N Jacks, Walking Man, and others on your home kegerator or for special events, purchased from your local beer store!
"House Bill 1462 is sitting in the Senate Rules Committee right now and we need to get it out and on to the Senate floor. If you haven't heard, this bill will change the law that only allows specialty beer/wine shops to sell 5 gallons or less of beer. It would enable us to sell full size kegs to any and all of our customers at any given time.
Here is a link to HB 1462 which I have been working very hard on for the past year.http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1462&year=2009
You can see that it passed the House 97-0 and is now ready to go to the Senate floor as long as it gets out of the Rules Committee. I have contacted my local Senator (Fraser) who sits on the committee and requested that it gets pulled ASAP."
We have also contacted our local Senators, Eide and Roach, requesting that they support the cause and VOTE FOR 1462.
Remember, passing of this bill not only benefit your local mom-n-pop beer store, but also you as the customer, and all of the breweries (especially Washington) as it will open up the doors for us to sell kegs. Truly a win-win for everyone.
Contact your senator...and let them know you're in favor of 1462. Find your legislator:http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx
And please share this information with your beer-loving friends.
Craig & Tiffany, 99 Bottles - Federal Way
Jeff & Roma, Gravity Beer Market - Olympia