26 May 2011

Growler Etiquette?

The other day, I stopped in at Freetail Brewing and had a couple of beers.  While I was sitting there, a couple came in with three growlers from the Fredericksburg Brewing Company, got them filled, and left.

Really?  Shouldn't you at least use the growlers from the brewpub?

I own three Fredericksburg Brewing Growlers, two from Freetail, one from Grape Juice, and two from Eola.  Not to mention the one I got from Russian River a couple of years ago that sits atop the china cabinet.  I would never think of taking a Grape Juice Growler to Fredericksburg Brewing or to Freetail.  What about you?  Shouldn't you support your local brew pub by buying their growlers?

What do you think?

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posted by Jeff Holt at 08:27

8 Comments:

Blogger Danny said...

I have to disagree. You support the brewery by buying their beer; the growler is a vessel. I have two unbranded swing top growlers and I use them at any of the 5 breweries near my house. In my mind, buying a growler from each brewery would be a waste of money, resources, and space.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Jeffrey said...

I understand the cost perspective. I could also say that since t-shirts are expensive, I can Texas A&M shirt to a University of Texas game when the Aggies aren't there. It just seems polite to advertise the brewery you're buying from.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Jeffrey said...

Danny, I skipped right over the unbranded part. I don't have a problem with that. Frankly, I never thought about getting my own growler. But should I take my Russian River branded growler to another brew pub? That's the question I'm asking.

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Chance said...

I personally don't see it as an issue. If I put myself in the place of the brewer, I would be happy to sell you my beer, even if your transportation vessel doesn't have my name on it. I bet most brewpubs feel that way, although, I wouldn't be opposed to you carrying around a growler with my name on it.

I only have one growler, Freetail, and if I want a growler full from Black Star, or another brewpub in town I wouldn't hesitate to take in my Freetail one. Mostly this is due to cost and space for me. Any given brewpub might honestly make a profit of a couple of bucks on a one time purchase when I buy a growler from them, but they make 100% profit if I am filling up any vessel that I already own and I just can't see someone complaining when they can sell you their product directly. Just my two cents.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Jeffrey said...

I feel awkward taking another breweries growler into the local brew pub.

6:53 PM  
Blogger Robb said...

I have 5 different growlers from 5 different places and fill them up anywhere and no one has ever remarked on getting an Uncle Billy's growler filled at Freetail for example. do whatever makes you feel better but I bet no one else cares.
I did hear that in CA legally you can only have a Russian River growler filled with Russian River beer and so on.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Jeffrey said...

On Twitter, Scott Metzger of Freetail said he didn't care if he filled another branded growler.

Knowing Texas' Byzantine liquor laws, I expected that it would have been illegal to use a branded growler at another venue. Maybe because I heard about the law in California?

I think I can safely say that it's just me. I'm a brand whore. Who knew?

11:54 AM  
Blogger Jeffrey said...

While I was in California in June, a bartender told me that his employer wouldn't pour into a competitor's growler, citing Federal Packaging laws. Hm.

10:07 AM  

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