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This article in today's New York Times got me wondering where I could get a growler in the DC metro area. Maybe we could use this thread to keep a running list. Anone know?

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Yep, I got one at Cap City in Shirlington. Sweetwater Tavern (Merrifield for sure, presumably others as well) also sells them. I believe I've seen them at Shenandoah Brewing Company in Alexandria, too.

This article in today's New York Times got me wondering where I could get a growler in the DC metro area. Maybe we could use this thread to keep a running list. Anone know?

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I have to borrow a moment to pay homage to early growler advocates Theo DeGroen's Baltimore Brewing Co (R.I.P.), which imported those great aluminum-handled swingtop growlers in the early '90s, probably through the family's Grolsch connections. I used to pick up growlers of their Märzen from Snowden River Liquors in Columbia.

When gubeen lived around the corner from Bierkraft, referenced in the NYT article above, the big thing was that they could fill growlers with beer that had been run through their "Hop Back" device - basically a multi-stage copy of Dogfish Head's "Randall the Enamel Animal" hop infuser, also built out of water filtration components. But I see that they're also filling growlers with real ale now. Niiiiiiiiiice.

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Are we talking growlers only of local beer, or growlers in general? I got a growler of Bell's Oberon from Whole Foods (P Street) last spring; I think they carry other producers occasionally too.

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Are we talking growlers only of local beer, or growlers in general? I got a growler of Bell's Oberon from Whole Foods (P Street) last spring; I think they carry other producers occasionally too.

When I think growler, I think more of the refillable kind. I checked out the Whole Foods Bowery beer room last time I was in NYC. It would be pretty sweet to have something like this in DC. I wonder if there are any laws against filling growlers in DC proper, though?

Also, in Philly there's a new place I stopped in at called Hawthorne's that fills growlers. Their specialty is hard to find beers. We're talking growler fills of Lost Abbey, Russian River, Ballast Point, etc... pretty unbelievable selections.

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Also, in Philly there's a new place I stopped in at called Hawthorne's that fills growlers. Their specialty is hard to find beers. We're talking growler fills of Lost Abbey, Russian River, Ballast Point, etc... pretty unbelievable selections.

I just stumbled into The Charleston Beer Exchange (in Charleston, SC) that does this (aside from just selling some incredible bottles...that store was just amazing.

(ol_i, you can throw this post over to Traveler if you want ... and use the info for your own purposes! :angry: )

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Pretty sure Franklin's in Hyattsville does growler fills. I think one of the most underrated brewpubs in the area, mostly because their location is pretty crappy.

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Shenandoah Brewing Company in Alexandria. Sweetwater Tavern I believe still sells growlers, but the beer that is in them stinks.

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Growlers are illegal in DC. Other than DC I get them all over the place. I keep about six empties around the house. The brewpubs all have different and seemingly inconsistent rules about filling growlers. For example, Rock Bottom requires Rock Bottom growlers. I have gone back and forth on this with their home office and it boils down to a lable/legal issue. In other words what's written on the growler must match what's in the growler. So Rock Bottom won't put their beer in a Gordon Biersch growler. Rock Bottom also does not put its seasonals in growlers I think because they are limited production beers and management wants the beers to stick around as long as possible. Also, a few retailers sell growlers from kegs, the only one that comes to mind is in Charlottesville but I think there are some closer in.

Other places that sell growlers in no particular order: Franklin's in Hyattsville, Rock Bottom Bethesda and Shirlington, Growler's in Gaithersburg, Gordon Biersch Tyson's and Rockville, Cap City Shirlington, Sweetwater - Sterling, Merrifield, Centreville, Blue & Gray Fredericksburg, Dogfish Head, Rehoboth and the Baltimore places already mentioned. There are many more - register at www.ratebeer.com and you can find just about everywhere in the country that sells growlers.

Cheers!

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Just stopped by Mad Fox in Falls Church and noticed they sell 2 liter growlers for $17 plus $10 a fill for most beers ($3 to $5 more for some higher alcohol content brews).

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Wholefoods Fairlakes has growlers. It is a pretty amazing set up. I was there for the first time a few weeks ago. They had about nine very good beers on draft. You can bring your own growler or buy one from them at a nominal charge. They are the screw top growlers like cider jugs so nothing fancy. I brought my own and got a growler of Stone IPA for $9.99. I am used to paying a little less for the beer at my local Rock Bottom but it is still a pretty good deal. The beer stations are at the raw bar, the barbeque bar and the cheese bar. Overall it is a great store but not in my neck of the woods so I will probably never go there regularly but if I am anywhere near there and I have an extra half hour to spare I will definitely go there for the prepared foods alone. The regular wine and beer selection is pretty good too but I would not go very far out of my way for them.

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The Smuggler's Pub in Telluride, CO has them: $9.50 or $6.50 for a refill. A guy on the gondola offered to trade me his weed for the oatmeal stout growler I was carrying, until he realized he'd left it in his other pants. On account of he was high. Also, his snowboard was literally broken in half. Possibly because he was trying to impress a girl... and was high.

God I love it there.

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Whole Foods in Reston also sells growlers. Quite impressed by the selection and price. 64oz of Bell's Best Brown Ale was $9.99 (of which, $3 is the growler deposit). Not bad...

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Whole Foods in Reston also sells growlers. Quite impressed by the selection and price. 64oz of Bell's Best Brown Ale was $9.99 (of which, $3 is the growler deposit). Not bad...

The Fair Lakes Whole Foods sells them as well.

It's definitely the best-smelling grocery store I've ever been in.

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I can get them through my supplier, I don't use them at all at the brewery. They are a bit on the expensive side ranging from $18 - $20 depending on what kind of handle it has. You could also try contacting Crosby and Baker

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The Fair Lakes Whole Foods sells them as well.

The chalkboard outside the Clarendon Whole Foods this morning announced that they are now filling growlers, but damned if I could see where when I whipped through the place at 8am.

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The chalkboard outside the Clarendon Whole Foods this morning announced that they are now filling growlers, but damned if I could see where when I whipped through the place at 8am.

behind the cheese counter!

Another addition to the list: Our new local brewery Port City is selling growlers from their tasting room on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons / evenings (see website for details).

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behind the cheese counter!

Another addition to the list: Our new local brewery Port City is selling growlers from their tasting room on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons / evenings (see website for details).

And has just started opening the tasting room and filling growlers on Wednesday evenings too. Picked up some Optimal Wit and some Essential Pale Ale.

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