Choosing the Right Beer Growler
January 24, 2016
Over the last two decades, growlers have become a very popular way to store and carry beer. Microbreweries and small brew pubs have grown in popularity and many allow their customers to purchase their beer by the growler. These popular containers come in many different shapes and sizes and choosing the best growler for your needs will depend on several factors. The purpose of this article is to help you choose the best growler for your needs.
The first thing to consider when choosing a beer growler is your basic approach to beer drinking. Whether you like to keep several different brews on hand or just need to store a particular favorite, there’s a growler style to suite your needs. You will also need to consider how long you need to store your micro-brew. While some growlers are great for storing beer for a week or two, others can keep it fresh for months. Growlers also come in a variety of sizes so you will want to consider the quantities that you will need on hand. Of course for most of us, cost is an important consideration. Glass growlers can be had for a few dollars while ceramic and stainless steel growlers can run considerably more. The spectrum is quite broad when it comes to choosing a beer growler. Taking a little time to consider how you’ll be using your growler can prevent you from making multiple purchases before obtaining the best beer growler for your particular needs.
After considering your particular needs in a growler, you’re ready to take a look at the various growler types on the market. Glass growlers are by far the most common choice on the market today, and as a short-term storage solution for the occasional micro brew, glass is probably a good choice. Glass growlers come in a variety of sizes and are typically very reasonably priced. The biggest concern with glass beer growlers is of course durability.
Ceramic beer growlers are not as popular as glass, but are growing in popularity. They share many of the same qualities as glass but have a few important differences. While ceramic beer growlers are considerably more expensive than glass, the very nature of ceramic opens the door to creativity. Consequently, ceramic beer growlers typically offer much more imaginative styling. Ceramic growlers also do a better job of protecting contents from light penetration, a factor that many beer enthusiasts consider to be extremely important to maintaining both the freshness and flavor of the brew.
In addition to glass and ceramic, stainless steel growlers are quickly becoming a popular choice for microbrew connoisseurs. As one might imagine, durability is the greatest advantage as stainless steel growlers simply don’t break. Stainless steel also does a superb job of keeping out harmful sunlight. For those concerned with style, stainless steel growlers have typically been very plain in appearance. Although that is beginning to change as a few companies are getting a bit more creative with their stainless steel growler designs. The only real disadvantage of stainless steel as compared to glass is cost. They are typically much more expensive than glass, but are not quite as expensive as some of the higher priced ceramic growlers.
When considering the type of growler that fits your needs there are many things to think about. How you will use the growler, material, size, style and price are all factors to consider. Hopefully this article has provided some insight into to the various types of growlers available making your choice in beer growlers a little bit easier.