Europeans have long enjoyed wine on tap and in jugs and bottles to go so it’s only fair that Oregon should join in the fun. Last year, our state passed a wine growler law that was quickly bogged down in red tape and bureaucracy. Happily, that red tape at the federal level has been untangled with a recent change of heart by the federal Alcohol, Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB.) Now Oregonians can legally fill their wine growlers from a small but growing number of retailers and wineries.
The residents of the City of Roses are a conscientious bunch who pay attention to excess packaging so expect this trend to grow as more establishments set up their wine taps, alongside their beer taps. For those who are ready to dive into the wine pool head first, two of Portland’s urban wineries offer wine growlers for sale as well as refills.
Who: SE Wine Collective
What: Has 1 liter wine growlers for sale for $6 and various prices for fills, depending on the five wines on tap
Where: 2425 SE 35th Place, Portland, Oregon
Map to the SE Wine Collective: https://goo.gl/maps/tVVVq
Phone: 503 208 2061
Read more about the SE Wine Collective: https://sewinecollective.com/tasting-bar/growlette.php
Who: Cooper’s Hall Winery & Tap Room
What: Has 750ml growlers for sale for $6 and various prices for fills, depending on the wines on tap
Where: 404 SE 6th Street, Portland, Oregon
Map to Cooper’s Hall Winery & Tap Room: https://goo.gl/maps/KwaOS
Phone: 503 719 7000
Read more about Cooper’s Hall Winery & Tap Room: http://coopershall.com/winery
If you’re visiting the Willamette Valley, check out the rotating wines on tap at Chehalem Wines in Newberg.
Who: Chehalem Wines
Where: 106 South Center Street, Newberg, Oregon
Map to Chehalem Wines: https://goo.gl/maps/3eQMw
Phone: 503 538 4700
Read more about Chehalem Wines: https://www.chehalemwines.com/visit-us/index.php
And if you’re in Hood River, visit Springhouse Cellar Winery to pick up a 1 liter growler and fill it for the price of a 750ml bottle.
Who: Springhouse Cellar Winery
Where: 13 Railroad Ave, Hood River, Oregon
Map to Springhouse Cellar Winery: https://goo.gl/maps/dLlJn
Read more about Springhouse Cellar Winery: http://www.springhousecellar.com/sustainability/