Growlers in Columbus 2013

Written by on July 10, 2013 in Beer - 29 Comments

It’s time again for our annual directory of growler fill destinations in Columbus, which are steadily on the rise – we’ve added over three dozen new fill spots since last year’s list.

Let’s go back over Growlers 101 for the uninitiated: a growler is typically a half-gallon glass jug, though “howlers,” or half-growlers, are on the rise, too. Growlers are eco-friendly since no waste is created, and you’re almost always getting fresher beer than you would in a bottle or can. Beer will stay fresh in a sealed growler for 7-10 days, and possibly longer with proper refrigeration and some electric tape around the cap – though we advise drinking the hoppier brews sooner than later. After opening a growler, you should plan to empty it in one evening, though I’ve enjoyed some growlers up to two days after opening.

Below are the breweries, bars and retail shops in Central Ohio where you can fill a growler. Some places will fill growlers, but don’t actually sell the glass jugs, so BYOG. Other places will not fill a growler that was purchased elsewhere (some claim it’s illegal – it’s not. We’ve checked. Twice.) We’ve tried to mark those spots below.

101 Beer Kitchen

7509 Sawmill Rd, (614) 210-1010,
Growler hours: Sunday: 11am-9pm, Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday: 11am-11pm

Ale Wine & Spirits

7560 Goard Well Street, (614) 881-0318,
Growler hours: Monday-Wednesday 10am-8pm, Thursday-Saturday 10am-9pm

Barley’s Smokehouse & Brewpub

1130 Dublin Road, (614) 485-0BBQ,
Growler hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-12am, 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

Blacklick Wine & Spirits

7199 East Broad, (614) 322-6689,
Growler hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 12-6pm

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
Note: will only fill their own growlers

Buckeye Lake Brewery

5176 Walnut Road (Buckeye Lake), 740-535-6225,
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

Corner Stone Craft Beer & Wine

62 Parsons Avenue, (614) 222-8920,
Growler hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm

Disount Drugmart – Polaris

8951 S Old State Rd, (614) 841-7555,
Growler hours: Sunday-Saturday 8am-10pm

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

Giant Eagle – Dublin

6700 Perimeter Loop Road, (614) 717-9445 ,
Growler hours: Monday-Sunday 10am-7pm

Giant Eagle – Gahanna

1250 N. Hamilton Road, (614) 939-5559,
Growler hours: Monday-Sunday 10am-8pm

Gordon Biersch

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

House Beer

843 N. High St, (614) 670-8095,
Growler hours: Monday-Thursday 11am– 10pm, Friday-Saturday 11am–11pm, Sunday 11am– 9p.m.

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

My Bar 161

3534 W Dublin Granville Rd, (614) 734-0417,
Growler hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-2:30am, Sunday 12pm-2:30am

North High Brewing

1288 North High Street, (614) 407-5278,
Growler hours: Monday-Friday 12pm-2am, Saturday-Sunday 11am-2am

Northwest Wine & Spirits

821 Bethel Road, (614) 947-0738, facebook
Growler hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-10pm

Old Bag of Nails

Multiple locations,
Growler hours: Locations vary

Pace High Carry Out

3179 North High Street, (614) 267-1918,
Growler hours: Monday-Friday 10am-10pm, Saturday-Sunday 12pm-10pm

Park Street Tavern

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

Savor Growl

2991 Indianola Ave, (614) 261-6112,
Growler hours: Monday-Friday 8am-1am, Saturday-Sunday 9am-1am

Savor Market

4440 Indianola Ave, (614) 261-7756,
Growler hours: Monday-Sunday 8am-11pm

Schmidt’s Sausage Haus

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

Seventh Son Brewing

1101 North 4th Street, 614-421-BEER,
Growler hours: Thursday-Friday 5pm-2am, Saturday 11am-2am, Sunday 11am-midnight

Studio 35

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

The Andersons

5800 Alshire Rd and 7000 Bent Tree Blvd,
Growler hours: Monday-Saturday 8am-9pm, Sunday 9am-7pm

The Crest

2855 Indianola Ave, (614) 261-7128,
Growler hours: Monday-Sunday 11am-1am

The Daily Growler

2812 Fishinger Road, (614) 656-2337,
Growler hours: Monday-Thursday 3-10pm, Friday 3pm-12am, Saturday 12pm-12am, Sunday 12-6pm
Note: will only fill their own growlers

The Ohio Taproom

1292 West Third Ave, (614) 487-9224,
Growler hours: Monday-Thursday 3-8pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 12-4pm

The Pint House

780 North High Street, (614) 429-3986,
Growler hours: Monday-Friday 3pm-2:30am, Saturday-Sunday 11am-2:30am

Tutto Vino

7178 Muirfield Drive, (614) 799-9222,
Growler hours: Monday 1-9pm, Tuesday-Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday 1:30pm-10pm

Weiland’s Gourmet Market

3600 Indianola Ave, (614) 267-9878,
Growler hours: Monday-Friday 10am-7:30pm, Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

Whole Foods

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

Wine & Brew Emporium

6154 South Sunbury Road, (614)882-6909
Growler hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 9am-10pm, Sunday 11am-8pm

World of Beer Brewery District

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

World of Beer Easton

3934 Townsfair Way, (614) 476-2962,
Growler hours: Monday through Sunday 12am-12pm
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

Let us know in the comments if we missed any!

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

29 Comments on "Growlers in Columbus 2013"

  1. DaveP July 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM · Reply

    Blacklick Wine and Spirits started growler fills. They have three beers on tap.

  2. john lerch July 10, 2013 at 12:37 PM · Reply

    Catawba Island Brewing Co. Port Clinton, Ohio.
    Anyone headed up to Lake Erie can try this craft brewery that just opened up serving growlers plus a bar.

  3. Micah July 10, 2013 at 12:38 PM · Reply

    These spots also fill growlers:
    Ale Wine & Spirits (Powell)
    1808 American Bistro (Delaware)

  4. Andy July 10, 2013 at 1:41 PM · Reply

    What this page needs is a good map…

    • Cheryl Harrison July 10, 2013 at 1:50 PM · Reply

      fact. what i need is the time and skill to make one :-p

      • Andy July 10, 2013 at 1:55 PM · Reply

        If you have a spreadsheet with names and addresses, I can probably whip you up some code

  5. kevin keyes July 10, 2013 at 2:07 PM · Reply

    DIsount Drugmart in Polaris (8951 s old state) has four rotating tap handles. We frequently feature ohio beers. We have growlers available or we will gladly fill your own. hours 8am-10pm seven days a week.

  6. Berg July 10, 2013 at 2:10 PM · Reply

    There is a growler fill-up inside the shell gas station on polaris Parkway. Right next to

  7. Berg July 10, 2013 at 2:10 PM · Reply

    ….. right next to quaker steak and lube

    • Micah July 10, 2013 at 2:30 PM · Reply

      I almost mentioned the Shell station too but wasn’t sure how many taps they had. Is it just one or do they have multiple? Saw they had Jackie O’s a couple months ago!

  8. Ali July 10, 2013 at 3:42 PM · Reply

    MyBar 161 fills growlers and sells the jugs. They have about 6 cheap domestics on tap, and 4-5 local/craft/seasonal/specialty taps. The manager, Nick, is a real beer aficionado and usually open to suggestions, too.

  9. Brian July 10, 2013 at 4:40 PM · Reply

    The Andersons by the corner of Sawmill and Dublin-Granville Road also does fills,

    • Brian July 10, 2013 at 4:41 PM · Reply

      Sorry, I missed that this was already in your list. Please ignore it.

    • Cheryl Harrison July 10, 2013 at 4:42 PM · Reply

      ready on the list, that’s bent tree.

  10. Fake Dispatch July 11, 2013 at 8:36 AM · Reply

    I had my stomach legally changed to a growler so that I can cheaply drink directly from the tap at most of these locations.

  11. Brian July 14, 2013 at 5:25 PM · Reply

    Additional info on whether or not these places will fill your own growler (even for an additional charge) or if you have to buy their growler would be AWESOME

    • Cheryl Harrison July 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM · Reply

      that’s already part of the list. the places that will NOT are marked in italics under the hours.

  12. Zac July 23, 2013 at 2:37 PM · Reply

    Pies & Pints in Worthington now fills your growlers!

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