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Old 02-20-2016, 05:33 PM
 
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i use growlers when i'm thirsty or its the only way to get a certain beer. usually it takes me 3-4 days to finish one
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Stuck on the East Coast, hoping to head West
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Never heard of them. Wonder in they're used in Md.


Back in the 50s, I recall men carrying little metal buckets down to the local bar -- seemed that there was a bar at the corner of every block in Baltimore inner city -- and having those buckets filled with draft. Of course it had to be consumed the same evening or else go flat.
Yeah, you can get them in Annapolis for sure. Once it's filled you have a very limited time to finish it. I can't finish a growler in a day--especially when they let me have samples
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Old 02-26-2016, 12:41 PM
 
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i use growlers when i'm thirsty or its the only way to get a certain beer. usually it takes me 3-4 days to finish one

It takes 3-4 days to drink 64 oz of beer (full size growler)?

If you open one, drink it. It will go flat. That's ok for some stouts, etc, but in general? Nah.
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Old 02-26-2016, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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This is backwards. Growlers are almost always a better deal per ounce (never mind that many many beers available in growlers are never bottled or canned). And whether it goes flat or not depennds on the type of beer, the brew, and if they carb the growler before filling. I've had stouts that were great at 3 months in, and IPA that were good when carbed for many weeks.

For 64 oz? That's not much. Many good bombers are $12-15.

If you're dealing with a run of the mill, widely available craft beer, you're looking at about $10 a six pack. A growler fill is going to be 8 oz of less beer, usually a couple bucks more, and you basically have to drink the whole thing in one sitting or it goes flat. Bottles obviously don't have that problem.
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Old 02-29-2016, 12:36 PM
 
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If you're dealing with a run of the mill, widely available craft beer, you're looking at about $10 a six pack. A growler fill is going to be 8 oz of less beer, usually a couple bucks more, and you basically have to drink the whole thing in one sitting or it goes flat. Bottles obviously don't have that problem.

Are we talking run of the mill, widely available craft beer?

Or great beers?

Two completely different things. I don't know anyone that goes and gets growlers of run of the mill craft beers. They wait in line to get growlers of great beers or beers from great breweries.
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Old 02-29-2016, 09:43 PM
 
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Are we talking run of the mill, widely available craft beer?

Or great beers?

Two completely different things. I don't know anyone that goes and gets growlers of run of the mill craft beers. They wait in line to get growlers of great beers or beers from great breweries.
Exactly....we just picked up a growler of a great beer from a local brewery that the don't can or bottle. How else can you get it home to share?

Now, there have been times I've gotten a growler of a beer that can easily be found....but that's while at the brewery and they have a special deal going.
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Old 03-07-2016, 09:55 PM
 
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Are we talking run of the mill, widely available craft beer?

Or great beers?

Two completely different things. I don't know anyone that goes and gets growlers of run of the mill craft beers. They wait in line to get growlers of great beers or beers from great breweries.
They don't even have to be "great" beers.

I love a fresh draft "good" beer. I think people often underestimate the value of fresh beer.
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Old 03-29-2016, 02:26 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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They're not a good "deal" compared to a six-pack, but you do get a good deal compared to what you pay for draft beer in pints. The catch is that you do have to consume it all in one day, as it loses its carbonation once opened. People drink from a growler for the same reason they prefer a pint to a bottle of beer...it's usually fresher, with varieties often not bottled.
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Old 03-29-2016, 08:31 AM
 
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Never heard of them. Wonder in they're used in Md.


Back in the 50s, I recall men carrying little metal buckets down to the local bar -- seemed that there was a bar at the corner of every block in Baltimore inner city -- and having those buckets filled with draft. Of course it had to be consumed the same evening or else go flat.
I have read stories about "when I was a kid, the old man would send me down the corner to get a bucket of beer for him after work." Love the imagery of this.
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Old 03-29-2016, 08:41 AM
 
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I live ten minutes from a place that will have 12 or 15 different beers from different breweries on tap for growlers at any time, starting at $7, several in the $10 - $12 range and a few in the $15-17 range ... occasionally a $20+ beer. Many of them I cannot get in bottles or cans, all are fresh (at least the ones I have bought are fresh) and all have stored well up to two weeks in the fridge before cracking open.

Out shoveling snow and want to have a beer with the neighbors doing the same? Great way to introduce them to something they have never thought about trying.

Friday night bonfire with the same neighbors in the cul-de-sac (different season usually, though we have pulled the fire pit out into the driveway in the winter more than once)? Perfect.

Want to have a couple of beers with my wife on movie night at home? Again, a great option for us (when we can agree on a beer).

Growlers are not right for everything, but neither is texting right for every conversation. But we have options.
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