Growlers in Columbus 2: Electric Boogaloo

Written by on June 15, 2012 in Beer - 21 Comments

It’s been over a year since we last published a list of places in Columbus where you can buy and refill growlers. It’s a popular search query on Drink Up Columbus, so we wanted to share an updated list.

A brief introduction to growlers for the uninitiated: a growler is a half-gallon glass jug that is filled with beer. It’s eco-friendly (no waste created), it’s fresh (straight from the keg) and it’s usually about the same price or cheaper than a six-pack of quality craft beer. Beer will stay fresh in a sealed growler for 7-10 days (some claim a lot longer with proper refrigeration and some electric tape around the cap). After opening you should plan to empty in one evening, though I’ve enjoyed some growlers up to two days after opening.

So with that, here’s a list of breweries, bars and retail shops in Central Ohio where you can currently fill a growler. Some places will fill growlers, but don’t actually sell the glass jugs. And other places will not fill a growler that was purchased elsewhere. And while some claim it is illegal to fill a growler that is not labeled with the brewery/bar where it was filled, the Ohio Division of Liquor Control assured me that it was not illegal. I tried to note the fill-only and fill-own-only businesses.

Barley’s Smokehouse & Brewpub

1130 Dublin Road, (614) 485-0BBQ,
Growler hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-12pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-2am, Sunday 12-11pm
Note: will only fill their own growlers

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

467 North High Street, (614) 228-ALES,
Growler hours: Monday-Friday 11am-2am, Saturday-Sunday 12pm-2am
Note: will only fill their own growlers

Barrel and Bottle

59 Spruce Street, (614) 221-5550,
Growler hours: Monday 9am–5pm, Tuesday-Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 8am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm

BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse

5141 Tuttle Crossing and 1414 Polaris Parkway,
Growler hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday 11am-1am, Saturday 10am-1am, Sunday 10am-11pm

Buckeye Lake Brewery

5176 Walnut Road (Buckeye Lake), (614) 464-BREW,
Growler hours: Monday-Thursday 4-10pm, Friday 3-11pm, Saturday 1-11pm, Sunday 1-9pm
Note: will only fill their own growlers, but will trade you another growler for one of theirs

Columbus Brewing Company

525 Short Street, (614) 464-BREW,
Growler hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday 11am-11pm, Saturday 5pm-11pm

Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus

161 North High Street, (614) 228-0500,
Growler hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-12am, Friday 11am-2am, Saturday 5pm-2am

Four String Brewing Co

985 W. 6th Avenue, (614) 725-1282,
Growler hours: Thursday 5-7pm, Saturday 12-2pm

Fourth Street Bar & Grill

1810 North 4th Street , (614)291-1420,
Growler hours: Monday-Sunday 12pm-2:30am

Gordon Biersch

401 N. Front Street, (614) 246-2900,
Growler hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-1am, Sunday 11am-10pm

House Wine

644 High Street, 614-846-WINE,
Growler hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm
Note: will fill growlers but does not sell glass jugs

Mad Mex

1542 North High Street, (614) 586-4007,
Growler hours: Monday-Sunday 11am-2am

Neil House Brewery

372 Morrison Rd, (330)-936-7467,
Growler hours: Wednesday 11am-5pm, Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 11am-5pm

Old Bag of Nails

Multiple locations,
Growler hours: Locations vary

Park Street Tavern

501 North Park St, (614) 221-4099,
Growler hours: Monday-Friday 3pm-2am, Saturday-Sunday 12pm-2am

Schmidt’s Sausage Haus

240 East Kossuth Street, (614) 444-6808,
Growler hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11am-10pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-11pm

Studio 35

3055 Indianola Avenue, (614) 261-1581,
Growler hours: Monday-Friday 6:30-11:30, Saturday 6:30pm-12:30am, Sunday 6:30-11:30 pm

Whole Foods

1555 West Lane Avenue, (614) 481-3400,
Growler hours: Monday-Sunday 9am-9pm

World of Beer

503 South Front Street, (614) 224-1962,
Growler hours: Monday-Sunday 9am-9pm
Note: will fill growlers but does not sell glass jugs

Zauber Brewing Co

1300 Norton Ave, (614) 205-1304,
Growler hours: Thursday-Saturday, 4-8pm

Expect an updated list again in a few months when Actual, Bru, Hoof Hearted and Seventh Son get going, as all plan to offer regular growler hours. And I expect a few more bars and retail shops will join the bandwagon, too.

About the Author

Cheryl Harrison. Editor of Drink Up Columbus. Geek of the craft beer/board game/sci-fi varieties. Fan of patios.

21 Comments on "Growlers in Columbus 2: Electric Boogaloo"

  1. Ryan Bell (@spiderwrangler) June 16, 2012 at 12:36 AM · Reply

    While it is a bit inconvenient for the consumer to have a growler to each location, for those making their own beer (breweries and brewpubs), I can see why only filling their own growlers makes good marketing sense.

    • Cheryl Harrison June 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM · Reply

      I totally respect the decision to want your beer to be properly labeled. The whole “claiming it’s illegal” part is unnecessary (and clearly untrue.)

      • Ryan Bell June 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM · Reply

        I’d certainly heard that before, but not from anyone in particular. It may be illegal in other states and that idea has carried over?

  2. Jared Svetek June 29, 2012 at 9:42 AM · Reply

    Awesome list!
    Will start visiting each place to see what’s offered.
    Thanks for the write-up!

  3. Mike September 3, 2012 at 3:02 PM · Reply

    I recently got Barley’s Smokehouse to fill my Whole Foods growler, where I have been refused in the past. I just brought it in and asked after I ate dinner. Not sure if it was just a sympathetic bartender or if they changed their policy.

  4. James September 3, 2012 at 3:07 PM · Reply

    You can fill them up at Brews as well. They require their growlers.

  5. Sally Jackson January 10, 2013 at 8:41 AM · Reply

    In upstate New York in Dec 2012 at the Naked Dove Brewery they have a collection of growlers from other breweries. I brought an empty growler back and would like to exchange it at a local Columbus brewery for one of theirs. Do you know if any Columbus breweries that handle growlers are doing this?

    • Cheryl Harrison January 10, 2013 at 9:09 AM · Reply

      There is one brewery just outside Columbus, Buckeye Lake Brewing, that does that.

  6. Steve April 2, 2013 at 9:02 PM · Reply

    Unfortunately Neil House is no longer in business…

  7. Ryan Jackman April 8, 2013 at 7:05 PM · Reply

    I just took my growler to Old Bag of Nails in Gahanna where I was told they only fill their own. The bartender did, however, tell me that for one day at the end of the month, the growlers are free – you buy the contents, of course.

  8. Krista June 11, 2013 at 6:27 PM · Reply

    I just spoke with the bartender at Bru and they fill growlers during any business hours (and don’t require their own). It’s $15 for their $5 beers, $16 for their $6 beers, and $17 for their $7 beers, so still cheaper than drinking there, but also pretty pricey.

  9. Rich Hennosy July 18, 2013 at 11:02 AM · Reply

    Hi Cheryl,

    I noticed our phone number was incorrect. The number at the brewery is 740-535-6225.


    Rich Hennosy
    Buckeye Lake Brewery

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