OLYMPIA, Wash (AP) – Mead can now be sold and refilled in growlers from any place that already offers growlers for beer and cider.
Governor Inslee has signed a bill that gives mead its own designation. Under the bill signed Friday, the mead sold in growlers must have an alcohol content equal to or less than 14 percent alcohol by volume.
It had been classified as a type of wine and was assessed a levy by the Washington State Wine Commission. Under the new law, mead producers would no longer need to pay fees to the commission.
Mead is an alcoholic drink produced by fermenting honey with water.