Last week, The New York Times shed some light on growlers, a trend that seems to be gaining popularity across New York City. Scratching your head? “Growler” may sound like a lost Gremlin but in all actuality a growler resembles a moonshine jug and is usually able to hold about 64 oz. The Times did a great job of simplifying the growing trend in their article, “The New Old Way to Tote Your Beer.”
But why has the growler been named the most popular beer accessory as of late? It’s certainly nothing new. Ben Granger, 32, an owner of Bierkraft, which began filling growlers in spring 2006 commented that, “Growlers have been around since Christ was a child.” A combination of the economic downturn (growlers are much cheaper to refill than purchasing several pint glasses), the desire to enjoy quality beer from the tap in the comfort of one’s home and most importantly the freshness aspect have all lead to the resurfacing of the growler.
Ready to grab your own growler and try it for yourself? Check out these New York City locations:
- AMERICAN BEER DISTRIBUTING COMPANY 256 Court Street (Kane Street). Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, (718) 875-0226, americanbeerbuzz.com.
- BIERKRAFT 191 Fifth Avenue (Berkeley Place), Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 230-7600, bierkraft.com.
- BROOKLYN BEER & SODA 648 Washington Avenue (Dean Street), Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, (718) 622-8800.
- THE BRAZEN HEAD 228 Atlantic Avenue (Court Street), Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, (718) 488-0430, brazenheadbrooklyn.com.
- THE GINGER MAN 11 East 36th Street, Midtown, (212) 532-3740, gingerman-ny.com.
- RATTLE ‘N’ HUM 14 East 33rd Street, Midtown, (212) 481-1586, rattlenhumbarnyc.com.
- WHOLE FOODS 95 East Houston Street (The Bowery), (212) 420-1320, wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/bowery/beerroom.php.