Growler: Another fad or a revolution?

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?

Growler pros

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.

Growler cons

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.

More info about growlers and where to find it

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4 thoughts on “Growler: Another fad or a revolution?

  1. I’m a fan of the Growler, but in my experience its definitely once opened you have to DRINK IT, so if your after a pint its not that affective. I was used to using them in the US & Canada at breweries. In Sydney there are no places to fill but have heard rumours about Taphouse fills..

    In the US most locals would go to the brewpubs to fill up to drink that night, and in asking them why, nearly all were having friends over and wanted FRESH beer off tap. Seemed like a simple yet reasonable. Sometimes you want to socialize in a brewpub, other times at home, and why not have Fresh Beer.. ?

    • Yeah you’re right another way to drink fresh beer can’t hurt. Will be interesting to see if the growler phenomenon works its way up to Sydney. If you get a chance to head up Port Stephens way, a Murrays growler would be ace.

      • went to Murrays in Port Stephens a few months back and they were rude & insolent. They have opened up a brewpub in Manly so interesting to see if they will do Growler take-aways.

  2. […] I wrote about the Growler phenomenon before and since then there have been a few developments worth writing about. The Local recently announced the introduction of the Squealer, a 1 Litre bottle for takeaway beer. This is a great development that overcomes an issue for growlers that I mentioned earlier that you really need to have a date with a craft beer drinking buddy, as it can be a lot for one person to get through, especially with bigger beers. The 1 Litre Squealer (great name too by the way) is an ideal size for someone who wants to drink beers fresh from the tap, and also try beers which may not be available in bottles. […]

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