If filling growlers is one of your job responsibilities – whether you work at a restaurant/bar, liquor store, brewery, grocery store, or anywhere else – you will need to take a certified Alcohol Seller/Server Training course to get an Oregon Alcohol Server Permit. This will ensure you are compliant with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s (OLCC’s) laws and regulations.
The OLCC defines a growler as a refillable, securely-covered container that is sold to a consumer at retail, can hold up to two gallons or less, and is used to transport beer, wine or cider. If you’re curious about the history of growlers, you can check out a brief history lesson below!
The exact origination of the word “growler” is hard to pinpoint, but there are several theories as to how the term was deemed – it’s up to you to choose the one that resonates most with you! But then again... why can't they all be true?
If you need an Oregon Alcohol Service Permit to perform your job, AACEA Oregon provides an online Alcohol Server Education course to help you get it!
Before you sign up for the course, we thought it might be helpful to provide you with some information regarding the two-step process you will need to complete before you can receive your Oregon Alcohol Service Permit!
Take our AACEA Oregon Alcohol Service Permit course online
If you’re curious about Oregon’s Alcohol Laws, we’ve put together a simplified list of must-know alcohol laws below! Please note, however, that some bars and restaurants have their own “house policies” which may be even more strict than the laws mentioned here.
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21The only exception is if you are at least 18 years old and are accompanying a spouse or domestic partner who is at least 21 years old.
If you’re in the service industry or are planning to join the service industry in Oregon, you may be curious to know what minor employees can and can’t do when it comes to alcohol sales and service. If you’re not curious, but need to get an OLCC Permitfor your job, you are welcome to do that too!
Before we get started, we’d like to define a couple terms for the purposes of this post:
1) The term “minor” is used to describe anyone between the ages of 18-21
2) The term “on Premises Location” is a location where alcohol is served or sold to be consumed at the establishment (think bars and restaurants).
Okay, let’s begin by going over what minor employees who have an OLCC Permit can and can’t do while working at an “on Premises Location”:
If you’re planning to open up an establishment that will sell or serve alcohol, you’re going to want to know which Oregon Liquor License will suit your vision best before beginning the application process!
We're putting together a series about various OLCC Liquor Licenses, but in this post we’re going to specifically talk about the Full On-Premises Sales (F) License.
Question:What sort of establishment would a Full On-Premises Sales (F) License be best for?
Answer:Full On-Premises Sales (F) Licenses work well for fine dining restaurants, neighborhood/family restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, and private clubs.
The F license is great for establishments that plan to sell hard liquor (distilled spirits), beer, wine, and cider by the drink for customers to consume within the grounds of the establishment. In other words, this license does not permit your customers to take drinks to go UNLESS your business also has an Off-On-Premises Sales license.
The only two exceptions to this rule are:
- Your customers can take a partially consumed bottle of wine home with them if it was served during their meal.
- Your customers can purchase beer to take home with them as long as it is dispensed in a securely covered container (growler) that the customer provides.
Several U.S. States require some form of Alcohol Server/Seller Training for those who serve or sell alcohol or those who manage individuals who serve or sell alcohol. Alcohol is the nation’s #1 drug problem, so many states have appointed state-specific legal entities with the responsibility of enacting and enforcing alcohol laws in order to reduce alcohol related tragedies – such as drunk driving accidents, alcohol related diseases, fights, etc. The goal here is to increase public safety!
The legal entity that enforces alcohol laws in Oregon State is called the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). The OLCC mandates that everyone who serves alcohol to some capacity must take a Mandatory Alcohol Server Education course in order to receive an OLCC Permit, also known as a Service Permit.