It's not often that I sing the praises of our legislators, but today I am a flag-waving superfan. This news is so good it almost negates that they're merely undoing a load of nanny-state nonsense.
California state Assembly bill AB 647 ("The Alcoholic Beverage Control Act: beer manufacturers: containers") was unanimously approved in the Senate on Wednesday. It makes (very extensive and tedious) provisions for how growlers that don't correspond to specific breweries may be filled at any of them. There are some specifics on what constitutes appropriate labeling, of course, but, ultimately, this means you don't need to keep a vast trove of glass jugs just to enjoy multiple breweries on the go.
If that doesn't restore your faith in the system, it bears mentioning that the original bill was proposed by Democratic Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (aka my Jesus) but was carried into the Senate by Republican Sen. Steve Knight. I don't care if it takes beer to catalyze bipartisan efforts; it's still the feel-good story of the year.
Granted, we're not out of the woods yet. The bill will return to the Assembly for a final vote on amendments, but, damn my naivete, I'm not worried. Soon we will all drink the sweet nectar of freedom, one anonymous half-gallon at a time. Don't stop believin'.