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Bubbling anticipation for so-called “Growler Bill” to become law

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)-- A bill unofficially dubbed the "Growler Bill" is one step closer to becoming law.

Senator Bill Holtzclaw says the bill, which would allow direct sales for small breweries, passed through both the House and the Senate and is on its way to the Governor's desk to sign. They can directly sell up to 288 ounces, which is comparable to a case, per consumer per day for off-premise consumption.

Brewers and those in the craft brewing industry have been excited to see it progress, hoping it means bigger things for the industry in Alabama.

"I haven't started dancing yet, but I'm waiting until it's actually physically signed before I start jumping up and down," explained Michael Spratley, owner and founder of Blue Pants Brewery. He said he's so cautiously excited because he's been keeping tabs on the beer bill for a while, and it could mean big things.

"A fundamental change in some ways, to how we're going to do business," he surmised. "It would mean being able to create different products we're excited about selling but... they're not really meant for mass distribution. They're meant for you to be able to come and have an interaction with the brewery and be able to talk to us about what we made."

Blue Pants is already planning to have more beers tapped for direct sales, should the bill become law. They're looking at old fan favorites, and some you may not have had before.

Customers say they can't wait to fill up.

"I would love to be able to go to a brewery, have one pint, and then take a growler home with me," said Steve Schisler.