TAP38 lets craft beer lovers in Seattle know where they can get a growler filled. But first, newbie enthusiasts need to know what a growler is.
What is a Growler?
Growlers are bottles, typically .5 gallon in capacity, made from glass, ceramic or stainless steel. They are commonly sold at breweries and brewpubs to sell beer to-go. A properly sealed growler can hold carbonation for 7-10 days. Once opened, a growler will typically hold carbonation for 24-48 hours.
Growlers are a convenient way to transport beer and reuse the packaging. They typically are more cost effective that purchasing a six pack or single pints, ranging in price from $6-18 depending on the beer and location. Growlers are a convenient way to explore craft beer. They are great for parties or tasting sessions. It is a lighter-weight option for taking beer camping or other outdoor adventures. They are easy to clean and store for your next fill-up.
Growlers encourage recycling and repeat business. They can often be filled at any location. Growlers can also be returned directly to the place of purchase and refilled for a discount. Some locations will only refill growlers with their label. Not all bars can legally fill growlers, and some locations have specials on growler fills during a set time or day.
Where can I find Growlers?
Growlers can be found at many breweries, taphouses and bottle shops. Several breweries now distribute their beer to grocery stores in a growler size. Call ahead to make sure they are in supply if you are looking for one. Demand for growlers vary and locations can unexpectedly be hit with a growler rush and run out of stock. You can also order empty growlers online.
Fine lacing, delicious flavor, pleasant aromas across the board @airwaysbrewing! (Taken with instagram)
Beet Greens and Porter Salmon. Sooooo Pacific Northwest!
I’m not one for creating recipes to follow to a T, but last night’s salmon was too good to not share. This is great for when you have a little time to cook before heading out for the evening and want a delicious dinner to whip up when you get home. Try it out and let us know how it was!
It went something like this.
Prep: 10 minutes. Cooking: 20 minutes or so.
2 c Porter (I used Schooner Exact Profanity Hill Porter)
1/4 c tamari
1/4 c maple syrup
1/2 c olive oil
1/3 red onion, coarsely diced
1-2 inches ginger, minced
1/4 c brown rice vinegar
shakes of pepper
around a pound of salmon
Whisk the ingredients together in a big bowl. I recommend slicing across the salmon through the flesh but maintaining the skin to allow better penetration of the marinade and creating easy serving portions. Submerge the salmon skin side up and soak for 3-6 hours. The longer it soaks, the more like teriyaki it becomes. Cook it however you regularly cook salmon; we baked ours for 10 minutes on 375 on a baking stone and let it continue cooking in the oven for another 10 after turning it off.
3-5 cloves of garlic
1/3 white onion
3-4 large beets with greens
Part Two: The veggies! I diced a few cloves of garlic, 1/3 white onion and beet green stems from three large beets. I fried them up on medium heat with a splash of balsamic until the onions were translucent and the garlic was brown. I added the beet leaves last and cooked those until limp but firm (the roots of the beets will be used for something else, but the greens always turn out nicely when paired with fish).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2012
Seattle, WA- Pickled Labs is pleased to announce the release of TAP38, a craft beer website highlighting tap houses, breweries, bars and restaurants serving draft beer in Ballard. The site includes information on dog friendly and kid free locations in the neighborhood, and has growler and keg availability.
TAP38 is a gift to the brewing community. Users can search for beers, breweries or tap locations. The site lists over 18,000 beers and 3000 breweries from around the world. The site is easy to navigate, so finding and updating your favorite beers and breweries easy. Breweries and venues can manage their tap list to notify patrons of what beers are available. TAP38’s custom search engine provides a comprehensive tool for beer and brewing research. This site is a complete package for beer enthusiasts everywhere.
The idea was crafted in Ballard during the winter storm of January 2012. Adam Saegebarth, software developer and founder of Pickled Labs, found himself in the mecca for tap beer in Seattle. The opening of many new venues including Urban Family Public House, Sexton, Bitterroot and several new breweries in the neighborhood inspired him to create an easy-to-use site for locating his favorite beers. After visiting several places during and after the snow, he started to develop the site.
“I really appreciate the restaurant and beer community in Ballard,” says Saegebarth. “I don’t want to live anywhere else.” As a resident of Ballard for the past year, Saegebarth enjoys the number of breweries and eateries in Seattle, especially in Ballard. “Ballard has over 70 tap locations and more are opening monthly. Technology can be used to create a better drinking experience. I’m happy to utilize my skills to help promote craft beer and great pubs.”
Saegebarth loves to drink craft beer, but he also views the site as a way to reduce the number of bottles being recycled. Currently beer is bottled to-go in 6 12oz or single 22oz bottles. There are a number of locations currently selling beer by the growler, a half-gallon glass bottle of beer, equal to around four pints per bottle. Most breweries don’t recycle bottles on-site. Growler’s are the answer, according to Saegebarth. “Growlers are a perfect way to minimize waste while enjoying beer outside of a bar. There are less bottles involved and you can refill them at most breweries in Seattle. I’ve even found a stainless steel growler that is very lightweight compared to glass growlers.”
Although the site currently covers Ballard locations, TAP38 can be used for tap list and venue listing management in any state. TAP38 is seeking out taps in Seattle neighborhoods daily, with plans to cover Denver, CO next. Meanwhile, Users can register for an account to edit content at www.TAP38.com. Pickled Labs is developing a mobile app version of TAP38, and will release new features on the site frequently. Questions or new location information can be sent to @TAP38Beer on Twitter or email email@example.com.
Tasty Lagunitas IPA @ el chupacabra on Phinney Ridge. A must have for any tap. (Taken with instagram)
You can now sign in to TAP38.com through your Twitter account. We’ve got a great widget on the way, and the site is very friendly on mobile devices. Check it out!
The entire site will be completely de-bugged shortly. We’ve removed editing restrictions and anyone can sign in and make updates. The more access the better! Add your favorite venue and tap list today.
Our next neighborhoods to cover are Crown Hill/North Ballard, Greenwood, Phinney Ridge and Fremont. There are a few more features we are working on, and suggestions are always welcome. We appreciate your support!
Test run the custom search here. Search all things beer related. Let us know if you can find what you’re looking for. Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or @tap38beer. Thank you for helping our project!!
Sign in now ready! Edit tap lists, venues, breweries and beers. So easy, so good for beer.