The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau announced this afternoon that it will suspend a ruling issued last month so it can further clarify regulations governing how retailers can legally fill growlers with tax-paid wine for consumption off premise.
Last month's ruling said retailers could fill and sell growlers by registering as tax-paid wine bottling houses.
But, there were concerns and now the TTB will take time to give the matter further consideration - another rulemaking. In today's announcement TTB said:
Since the publication of the ruling, several representatives of the wine industry have raised a variety of concerns with TTB’s ruling and some have asked TTB to reconsider the ruling and hold it in abeyance pending our reconsideration. Among other things, concerns have been raised that the ruling would unduly burden the businesses who sell wine growlers in States where such sales are permitted under State and local law. TTB recognizes that our existing regulations were intended to cover traditional taxpaid wine bottling activities, rather than the filling of wine growlers.