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Growler fill-up at North High Brewing, formerly BRU. (Credit: Chris Casella)

Growler Power

Potent portable options at an all-time high for craft beer connoisseurs

By Cheryl Harrison

Published February 1, 2013

Columbus is currently undergoing a (welcomed) craft beer revolution. It seems every month produces a new brewery or beer bar, more and more craft brands from across the country are beginning to distribute to the state of Ohio – and all these delicious brews are available for consumption in more ways than ever, in bottles, bombers, cans, and kegs. But beer can be enjoyed at home without any type of packaging. Enter: the growler.

A growler is a half-gallon glass jug used to transport beer fresh from tap to home, named so, rumor has it, due to: 1) the sound that workers’ stomachs made in the late 19th century while they awaited a pail of beer to be delivered by young kids who “rushed the growler” or 2) the sound that the beer itself made when carbon dioxide escaped while it sloshed around in said pail or 3) the sound I make if you try to take my beer away from me.

Wherever the name comes from, growlers are great for consumers because they provide the freshest beer you can get (beer on store shelves has often been sitting in bottles or cans for months) and they run about the same cost to fill as an average craft six-pack – about $8-20 dollars, depending on the beer. They’re also great for the environment because they don’t create waste, and they eliminate the shipping footprint associated with transporting bottles and cans.

The actual glass growler is a one-time investment of about $5, though fancier growlers with flip tops and other accoutrements are available for upwards of $30. Beer will stay fresh in an unopened growler for 7-10 days, and once opened should be consumed in a single session if possible, though many beers will taste A-Okay the next day.

This month, (614) offers our own guide to the breweries, bars, and beer shops in Central Ohio that keep central Ohio’s growling thirst at bay.

Note that some places will fill, but don’t actually sell the glass jugs. Other places will not fill a growler that does not bear their own branding. Some of these places actually claim – adamantly – that it is illegal to fill a growler that is not their own, but the Ohio Division of Liquor Control assures us that it is not. Get your fill, kids.

101 Beer Kitchen

7509 Sawmill Rd.

(614) 210-1010

www.101beerkitchen.com

Growler hours (GH): Monday through Friday 6:30 – 11:30 p.m., Saturday 6:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., Sunday 6:30 – 11:30 p.m.

Barley’s Brewing Company (Ale House No. 1)

467 N High St.

(614) 228-ALES

www.barleysbrewing.com

GH: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday and Sunday noon – 2 a.m. Note: will only fill their own growlers

Barley’s Smokehouse & Brewpub

1130 Dublin Rd.

(614) 485-0BBQ

www.barleysbrewing.com

GH:  Monday though Thursday 11 a.m. – noon, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., Sunday noon to 11 p.m.

Note: will only fill their own growlers

Barrel and Bottle

59 Spruce St. (North Market)

(614) 221-5550

www.northmarket.com

GH: Monday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday noon – 5 p.m.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

5141 Tuttle Crossing

1414 Polaris Parkway

www.bjsbrewhouse.com

GH: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 1 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

North High Brewing

1288 N High St.

www.youbru.com

GH: Monday through Sunday, noon – 1 a.m.

Buckeye Lake Brewery

5176 Walnut Rd. (Buckeye Lake)

(740) 535-6225

www.buckeyelakebrewery.com

GH: Monday through Thursday 4 – 10 p.m., Friday 3 – 11 p.m., Saturday 1 – 11 p.m., Sunday 1 – 9 p.m.

Note: will only fill their own growlers, but will trade you another growler for one of theirs

Columbus Brewing Company

525 Short St.

(614) 464-BREW

www.columbusbrewingco.com

GH: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday 5 – 11 p.m.

Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus

161 N High St.

(614) 228-0500

www.elevatorbrewing.com

GH: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – noon, Friday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Four String Brewing Co.

985 W Sixth Ave.

(614) 725-1282

www.fourstringbrewing.com

GH: Thursday 5 – 7 p.m., Saturday 12 – 2 p.m.

4th Street Bar & Grill

1810 N Fourth St.

(614) 291-1420

GH: Monday through Sunday noon – 2:30 a.m.

Gordon Biersch

401 N Front St.

(614) 246-2900

www.gordonbiersch.com

GH: Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 1 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

House Beer

843 N. High St.

(614) 670-8095

www.facebook.com/myhousebeer

GH: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

House Wine

644 High St., Worthington

(614) 846-WINE

www.housewine.biz

GH: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Note: will fill growlers but does not sell glass jugs

Mad Mex

1542 N High St.

(614) 586-4007

www.madmex.com

GH: Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Neil House Brewery

372 Morrison Rd.

(330) 936-7467

www.neilhousebrewery.com

GH: Wednesday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Park Street Tavern

501 Park St.

(614) 221-4099

www.parkstreettavern.com

GH: Monday through Friday 3 p.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday and Sunday noon – 2 a.m.

Schmidt's Sausage Haus and Restaurant

240 E Kossuth St.

(614) 444-6808

www.schmidthaus.com

GH: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Studio 35

3055 Indianola Ave.

(614) 261-1581

www.studio35.com

GH: Monday through Friday 6:30 – 11:30 p.m., Saturday 6:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., Sunday 6:30 – 11:30 p.m.

The Daily Growler

2812 Fishinger Rd.

(614) 656-2337

www.facebook.com/TheDailyGrowler

GH: Monday through Thursday 3 – 10 p.m., Friday 3 p.m. – midnight, Saturday 3 p.m. – midnight, Sunday noon – 6 p.m.

Note: will only fill their own growlers, but will trade you another growler for one of theirs

Whole Foods

1555 W Lane Ave., Upper Arlington

(614) 481-3400

www.wholefoodsmarket.com

GH: Monday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

World of Beer Brewery District

503 S Front St.

(614) 224-1962

www.wobusa.com/Locations/BreweryDistrict.aspx

GH: Monday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Note: will fill growlers but does not sell glass jugs

World of Beer Easton

3934 Townsfair Way

(614) 476-2962

www.wobusa.com/Locations/Easton.aspx

GH: Monday through Sunday noon – midnight

Note: will fill growlers but does not sell glass jugs

Zauber Brewing Co.

1300 Norton Ave., Suite A

(614) 754-8389

www.zbeers.com

GH: Thursday through Saturday, 4 – 8 p.m.

Note: Old Bag of Nails offers growler fills at many of their multiple locations, but the hours vary. See www.oldbagofnails.com. for details.

Comments

ddmkevin @ 02/10/2013 09:53 pm

The Discount Drugmart at 8951 S old State Rd in Lewis Center offers growler fills as well as growler sales. We have four taps that typically feature Ohio beers.