UPDATE: We posted a much lengthier list in June 2012 which you can viewhere
For hopheads, growlers are a great way to enjoy craft beer at home. A growler is a half gallon glass container that you fill up at a bar or retail store. The name supposedly comes from the sound pails used to carry beer a hundred years ago made when the carbon dioxide escaped; either that, or the rumble from the workman’s hungry stomach at lunch just before the pail was delivered to them. Either way, the name’s stuck around.
Barrel & Bottle, the wine and beer shop inside the bustling North Market, has recently added growlers to their retail selection. They join a handful of other Columbus establishments that offer the potent portable.
What’s great about growlers? For one, it’s a fairly cheap way to get good beer: refills typically range from $5 to $20. Second, it’s eco-friendly: the growler is re-used for refills, thus eliminating waste. Finally, the beer is preserved fresh from the tap. Make sure you refrigerate your growler; doing so will give it a shelf-life of 7-10 days, or around 2 days after opening.
By the way, some establishments (notably Barley’s) will not fill a growler that wasn’t purchased there, so don’t think that one growler will have you covered everywhere you go.
Here are other places around Columbus that offer growlers:
BARLEY’S SMOKEHOUSE & BREWPUB, 1130 Dublin Road, (614) 485-0BBQ, http://www.barleysbrewing.com
BARLEY’S ALE HOUSE, 467 North High Street, (614) 228-ALES, http://www.barleysbrewing.com
BARREL AND BOTTLE, 59 Spruce Street, (614) 221-5550, http://northmarket.com
COLUMBUS BREWING COMPANY, 525 Short Street, (614) 464-BREW, http://www.columbusbrewingco.com
ELEVATOR BREWERY AND DRAUGHT HAUS, 161 North High Street, (614) 228-0500, http://elevatorbrewing.com
MAD MEX, 1542 North High Street, (614) 586-4007, http://www.madmex.com
STUDIO 35, 3055 Indianola Avenue, (614) 261-1581, http://www.studio35.com
WHOLE FOODS, 1555 West Lane Avenue, (614) 481-3400, http://wholefoodsmarket.com