East Tennessee restaurants again selling take-out beer

East Tennessee restaurants again selling take-out beer

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The growlers and other to-go beer were banned in some stores. Others restaurants had to go through red tape to continue selling them. The growlers and other to-go beer were banned in some stores. Others restaurants had to go through red tape to continue selling them.
"They're were telling me when it hit the governor's desk and when the governor signed it into law. They wanted us to sell the beer that day," Cowen said. "They're were telling me when it hit the governor's desk and when the governor signed it into law. They wanted us to sell the beer that day," Cowen said.

MARYVILLE (WATE/AP) - A change in state law means that officials are no longer cracking down on restaurants selling take-out craft beer.

Earlier this year, Knoxville-based Copper Cellar Corporation received a notice their "growlers" violated state law.

The growlers and other to-go beer were banned in some stores. Others restaurants had to go through red tape to continue selling them.

A new law sponsored by State Sen. Becky Duncan Massey (R-Knoxville) allows for some restaurants to sell beer for off-premise consumption.

Smoky Mountain Brewery General Manager Joe Cowen says his customers are very excited about the change and that it was customers who were keeping them well-informed of the legislation's progress.

"They're were telling me when it hit the governor's desk and when the governor signed it into law. They wanted us to sell the beer that day," Cowen said.

The company also had to boost production to keep up with the recent demand. "We had to kick up our brewing process. Because of the sales we lost, we had to go in and brew more of our product because this store does generate so much of the to-go sales for the company."

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