When a consumable item becomes a household staple, we tend to buy it in bulk to have an adequate supply to use throughout the week, so we don’t have to make multiple trips to the store, or deal with a lot of unnecessary packaging that comes with individual servings. At my house, beer is one of these things; I like to have some on hand more often than not, and since moving to Brookside, I haven’t enjoyed loading up the glass bottles that pile up after a few weekends (the city I moved from collected glass in the same bin along with all my other recyclables).
Happily, there is a great solution available to my kind here in Brookside: the 75th Street Brewery Growler! I learned about the growler last year from my friend who kept one in DC (he had his filled at the local Whole Foods), and really wanted to try it out. After moving to Brookside, I was thrilled to learn there was a brewery within biking distance that offered them.
So a couple Fridays ago, I hopped on my bike and rode the 12 blocks or so down to the brewery, and asked for a couple at the bar. I opted for a bottle of the Possum Trot Brown Ale, and a bottle of Irish Red, and within a few minutes the friendly bartender brought out my two freshly-filled 1/2 gallon growlers, and the bill was something like $25. I did feel a little odd walking out with two big jugs of beer, and a little more odd bungee’ing them to my milk-crate, but it was worth it.
I brought the growlers back to share with some friends at a group dinner, and they livened the table considerably. It was nice for to see the table not littered with individual bottles during and after the meal, nice to be able to ask for and give refills on the spot, without going back to the fridge, and nice to just enjoy some quality brews with friends. The growlers simplified our meal and were part of a good time in Brookside.
Time will tell whether I’ll revert to six pack bottles or cans, but at this point, I’m planning on sticking with the growlers. To summarize:
Advantages of the 75th Street Brewery Growler:
- decently priced
- fillable with a variety of very good quality beer
- eliminates need for beer bottle recycling (you just rinse and take them back to the brewery when you’re ready for a refill)
- allows you to pour as large or small a serving as you want
- supports a good local business
- other foxes might try to steal your growler out of jealousy!
a bit 'heady' after the bike ride, but still tasty!