Now that the craft beer revolution has officially swept across the nation, there are more and more people on the hunt for tasty small-batch beers, made with love by individually-owned breweries across the country. As a result, there has never been a better time to seek out and sample the craft beer offerings from upstart brewers right here in Los Angeles County. But what do you do when your local watering hole isn’t as up to date as you’d like it to be, and it just never seems to have that Ladyface saison you’re always craving? Or when you’re itching for some Smog City XPA, but the fledgling brew operation doesn’t have the equipment (or manpower, or financial resources) to bottle or can the good stuff just yet? Just head to your favorite brewery and pick up a growler.
Despite the menacing name, growlers are a great (and cheap) way to directly support your local craft beer brewer, plus keep you stocked up on all the tasty beer you want. If you’ve ever stepped foot into a brewery tasting room (say, the brewpub at Golden Road Brewing), you’ve probably seen them stacked against a wall. These dark brown glass containers generally come in one- or two-liter sizes, often with ceramic tops and rubber sealants to lock in the carbonation and aromatics that any poured beer gives off. Let your bartender know you’d like to take one home, and they’ll gladly sterilize it and fill it up with any beer they have on tap.
The benefits of investing in a growler are two-fold. The first is simple math: there are nearly 34 ounces per liter, which means you’re getting just over two full 16 ounce pints to take home with you at an exceptionally reduced rate. For two-liter growlers, the savings are even better. Depending on the beer, two-liter growler fills can go for anywhere from $10 - $20, which is at worst $5 per 16-ounce pint. At most bars, you’ll pay that for the bottom rung beers anyway.
worst thing to see once you step out of the bar…. the crispy bacon smell infestates the air and you see other fellow drunks slowly crowding the cart like zombies.
mmmmmm give me 5?
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