GrowlerWerks uKeg64 Unboxing

I don't buy growlers or even growlettes / grenades, for that matter. It's not that I don't like them, or am opposed to them. I just don't drink a lot of beer in one sitting. As soon as a filled growler is opened, the precious contents are ruled by a rapidly decrementing quality clock. After opening and pouring from the growler, air enters the container and the beer starts to go flat. If the beer is not consumed quickly, (within a few hours) the quality and experience intended by the brewery will not be preserved. If you drink multiple beers per session, or share with others, glass growlers are a great option. Although I write a beer blog, I don't drink a tremendous amount of beer. Just a few each week. So growlers have never been part of my routine.

There is one benefit of growler culture that I've missedthe ability to take home a beer that's served only on tap. But this is a first world problem, and I have managed to survive.

GrowlerWerks, Inc. is a business in SE Portland that appears to have a solution for my "problem". They reached out and asked if I'd like to evaluate their uKeg™64, a pressurized growler. This product dispenses beer from a tap and keeps the contents under pressure even after pouring the first drink. These features prevent the beer from going flat and enable the consumer to enjoy the contents over a period of days, rather than hours. It's an intriguing concept. I could see the benefit especially for high gravity beers that I'd want to enjoy slowly. I could also use this to carbonate and dispense my homebrew.

Intrigued, I accepted GrowlerWerks' offer, and they sent me an evaluation unit (in full disclosure, at no cost to me). It arrived a few days ago, and I thought I'd do a quick unboxing post and provide a few quick impressions. I have not used it yet, but will follow-up with an additional post after I've had a chance to test it out. But first things first, price. The uKeg 64 retails for $139 at Amazon and the Growlerwerks website. A typical glass growler is $5-10. But, as you'll see, this is no ordinary glass growler. Is it worth the high price? That depends on the utility derived by the user...

OK, let's take a look, shall we?

The uKeg 64 arrived in a box looking like this...

It was nicely protected with instructions placed on top...

Two 8 gram food grade C02 chargers were included....

After removing the top styrofoam cover, the uKeg was wrapped in a plastic bag.

This is the regulator cap. The bottom portion unscrews from the top and holds the CO2 cartridge (8g or 16g). The dial allows you to control the pressure level.

It sports an attractive handle. If you're going to carry it around,  you might as well do it in style!

The built-in pressure gauge ensures the beer is poured at your desired pressure.

It has a built-in tap handle... 

...and a sight glass that lets you to see how much beer remains.

There it is in all its glory!

So that's the rundown of my first look at the uKeg™ 64. As far as growlers go, it's visually stunningdare I say sexy? Are all of the features overkill? Probably. Are they necessary for survival? Probably not. But beer is about fun and enjoyment, and this seems to fit the bill! Anyway, I plan to put the uKeg to some good use, and I'll report back with my findings. Cheers to growlers!

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  1. Gezzzzz. It would be easier if this person would just her husband to help finish the damn growler.

  2. I purchased 2 Growler Werks 64 for Christmas for my son-in-laws. They came with a couple of unthreaded 8 gram food grade C02 chargers. I see they are expensive but are also available on other sites for much cheaper. I would like to get the son-in-laws a stash of chargers. Any advise on what to buy or just stick with Growler Werks.


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