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.