Growlers are one of the hottest trends in craft beer. Basically, a growler is a 64 oz. container (usually glass) that consumers take to beer bars, taprooms, or beer shops to have filled with fresh wholesome draft beer. Growlers have their advantages and disadvantages. For more details, I'll direct you to Eric Steen's excellent series on growlers in the Focus on the Beer blog.
You could buy a glass growler for $5-$12 bucks that would serve you well. Or you can upgrade! If you're interested in something more advanced than brown glass, you should consider Hydro Flask from Bend, Oregon. Hydro Flask makes a full line of beverage and food containers, including a 64 oz. stainless steel growler designed especially for beer!
I recently attend the Beer Bloggers Conference in Boston. Hydro Flask was kind enough to give each attendee a free growler! Hydro Flask did not ask me to write this post, nor am I receiving any sort of financial or other compensation. However, I thought it was pretty cool of them to give me a growler, so I wanted to throw a little love their way. Here are a few key features of the growler:
- Double Wall Vacuum Insulated
- Keeps Hot Liquids Hot (up to 12 hours)
- Keeps Cold Liquids Cold (up to 24 hours)
- 18/8 Stainless Steel
- Lifetime Warranty
- Patent Pending
I've been using the growler (pictured below) for a few days and there are a few things I really like. First, it's solidly built and very sturdy. Second, it has a wide mouth which allows you to fill and empty the container quickly. Finally, I like the lid design. It's secured to the growler, so it won't get lost. It also screws on very easily and forms a tight seal.
After I put it my Hydro Flask through more rigorous use, I'll provide updated feedback. In the meantime, please visit the Hydro Flask website for more information.
Have you used Hydro Flask or other high-end growlers?