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Federal Rules Threaten Wine Growlers

WINE GROWLEREUGENE, Ore. — Federal regulations could threaten a growing trend in Eugene–wine growlers.

Oregon passed a law last year making it legal to fill up reusable containers with wine.

Since then, growler fill-up stations have been popping up all over the area.

Now the U.S. government is asking Oregon to overturn that ruling, saying retailers filling growlers must comply with rules that apply to wine bottlers.

A growler station owner in Eugene says the federal government needs to get comfortable with the change.

“Oregon is out in front, and the feds are running to catch up and they don’t really know what to do. I don’t really see it as really interrupting our business. I think it will be handled on those levels,” said Tony Cross, The Filling Station Owner.

Cross says wine should be treated like beer and doesn’t see why the packaging law should be different.

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