Beer growlers have become a big part of the Australian craft beer scene in the past few years. Growlers are basically bottles of around 2L containing takeaway draught beer and which last up to a week or so. But are growlers worth the hype?
Beer tastes better from a growler
Growlers do give you better beer, enabling a draught beer experience in the home. The growler tends to produce a fuller mouthfeel and guarantees freshness of beer, which is not always the case with the bottle.
Growlers are cool
Let’s not deny the novelty factor is playing a large part in the Growler’s success. It’s cool to rock up to a place with a growler (though you might need to bring your own esky because it’s tough to find enough room in the fridge!).
Growlers are social
They are made for sharing. You can split the costs, the beer, and bury one of these bad boys in no time. So start looking for your growler buddy.
Growlers aren’t expensive
The cost of growlers isn’t bad at all. There might be an initial hit for the bottle but it usually costs upwards of $20 for a fill, depending on the beer of course. When you figure that a growler is slightly less than a six-pack, this is a reasonable price for good quality beer and depending on the beer it will often work out cheaper than buying in bottles. Also, you may find small batch brews that don’t make it to bottles do make it to growlers.
Once you start you can’t stop
Once you start drinking, you usually need to finish the growler off within a couple of days or you lose carbonation and flavour. This means you need to clear some time for a good drinking session, especially with the higher abv beers.
If you have a drinking session with a buddy, a house party, or a weekend at home for drinking, this shouldn’t be a problem (I would also love it if you could take a growler to a restaurant, if it’s BYO wine, why not beer?).
These days, you can also find Squealers (about half the size of a growlers) and even Whistlers (half the size of a squealer) which can help to get around this issue also.