National Growler Day: Go Get Your Fill

Categories: Booze, Brew Blog

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Created in 2010 by Beermapping.com, National Growler Day celebrates those handy refillable jugs we in the craft beer world have come to love so much. Because nothing quite matches the taste of a beer fresh off the draft, growlers have become a popular way to take the taste of fresh beer from your favorite bar -- to go.

In addition, growlers also allow establishments to package beers which might not normally be available to take home for their customers. Texas breweries like 512 and Buffalo Bayou, for instance, package very little of their beer for sale in stores. Without growlers, this would leave you unable to enjoy many of these beers at home or share them with out-of-town friends.

Even hippies love growlers, since they're environmentally conscious. A growler eliminates packaging waste and saves resources on lowered transportation impact. Not to mention it lowers cost to the brewery, which -- in turn -- gives you cheaper beer.

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But when it comes down to it, the real reason growlers are becoming so popular is because they simply look cool. Who doesn't want a wallet giant bottle that says "Bad Mother Fucker" on it?

So where are the best spots to buy new growlers and fill them up? Hay Merchant and Whole Foods, to start with, carry them 365 days a year.

As growlers become more popular in Texas, there is really no reason not to carry a clean, empty jug in your backseat in case you want to stop off for a beer run before heading home for dinner. Listen: If your significant other bothered to take care of dinner, the least you can do is bring home the beer, you lazy bastard.

Here is a list of our favorite places to get your fill on:

Photo courtesy of Petrol Station
BRC

Big Red Cock has a strong local and national lineup of beers and have even offered its own line of limited edition, hand-painted growlers in the past (bring those back guys, please?). Bring your own growler, though, as BRC doesn't typically have any for sale.

Petrol Station

Among the first bars to offer growler fills as well as its own, branded glass jugs, Petrol Station is known for its off-beat and humorous growlers, including jugs riffing on the bar's friendly rivalry with The Hay Merchant. Petrol Station growlers typically sell out the day they are released so bring your own.

Whole Foods

In case you weren't aware, there are bars in Whole Foods. A place where they have beer and every woman wears yoga pants -- it's like a patchouli-scented version of heaven. Bonus points: Whole Foods is among the cheapest places to get your fill on. Right now, I'm drinking from a half-gallon of Breckenridge Christmas that cost $9, That's four pints for less than the price of two at a bar. Whole Foods is also a great place to buy a growler, as they are usually well stocked.

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Eating...Our Words has yet to visit the newest Heights craft beer hot spot but word is that they are doing things right up there. Check them out and report back to us.

If you head out to get a growler today, hit us up on Twitter at @eatingourwords and use the hashtag #growlerday.



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Location Info

Venue

Map

The Hay Merchant

1100 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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733 Studewood St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Whole Foods

701 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX

Category: General

The Petrol Station

985 Wakefield, Houston, TX

Category: Music

BRC Gastropub

519 Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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12 comments
sauqkgy
sauqkgy

Premium Draught has 12 rotating taps, 4 fridges of bottles and $6 deposit on either size of growler

nathanmmiller
nathanmmiller

@JoshuaAJustice @CynicalHouston dammit man, you're killing the beer articles. What's that, three great ones in as many days? Nice.

CynicalHouston
CynicalHouston

@nathanmmiller Thanks a lot man. I try. I don't know how much beer coverage y'all can take or I'd probably do more.

nathanmmiller
nathanmmiller

@CynicalHouston if it keeps up like this, I can take a lot more. A LOT more.

craftbeerhtown
craftbeerhtown

@EatingOurWords Also @GuruBurgers @HansBierHaus @PremiumDraught @KahnsDeli ...

OffBeet
OffBeet

Also, do not forget the D and Q Beer Station on Richmond one block east of Montrose.  They always have Four craft beers available on tap.

J.A.Justice
J.A.Justice

@OffBeet D&Q has not offered growler fills in well over 6 months.  They are still waiting on TABC approval last I checked.  

JRCerasuolo
JRCerasuolo

@EatingOurWords Ummm, @PremiumDraught ?

EatingOurWords
EatingOurWords

@JRCerasuolo @PremiumDraught They're on our list, too! Just ran out of space on Twitter. D'oh!

FRL713
FRL713 like.author.displayName 1 Like

So, growler=1/2 gallon resealable jug.  Like a fancy beer drinker's 64oz (Does OE still sell those?).  Is that it, or is there something else?  Do you seal with a cork?  Does it need to be consumed in one sitting?  Sorry if these are stupid questions.

J.A.Justice
J.A.Justice

@FRL713  Great Questions!  Sizes vary but the most common are half gallon (64oz) and 1/4 gallon (32oz) typically referred to as growler and half growler respectivelythough those are not technical names since "Growler" has no real defined size.  Tops can be swing top or screw cap generally.  The first picture in this article are all screw cap 64 oz jugs.  The second photo is a 32oz swing top from Whole Foods.  The final photo is a Stainless Steel swingtop, the newest design from Petrol Station -- they had a glass version of the same design 18 months ago.

Opinions on consumption vary but by and large the beer should be consumed within 48 hours of fill once sealed and within a couple hours of opening a filled growler.  I have personally resealed a swingtop half full and had it last another 48 hours but wouldn't recommend.  people have reported storing very very well sealed growlers for 6 months or more....Personally I don't recommend nor do I see the point.

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