For years, I've been meaning to post a photo of my growler. I don't know why it's taken me this long, but here it is.
Ain't she a beauty? Heh.
Honestly, I don't care too much what it looks like, as long as it holds beer.
I picked up this growler a couple years ago at DuClaw Brewing Co. in Fells Point. If I remember corretly, it cost $15.
I had the option of paying an additional $10 to fill it with DuClaw beer, but I'm not a huge fan of DuClaw's stuff.
This made for a rather awkward moment when I bought the growler ...
Me: Oh, I'm good, thanks.
DuClaw bartender: It's only $10 to fill it with our beer.
Me: (Laughing nervously) Heh, yes, well, I'm good, thanks. (Snatches growler, beelines for door)
The only downside to this particular growler is that it's hard to fill. Maybe all growlers are hard to fill. I don't know, since I've only had this one. But I've seen bartenders struggle for quite some time to fill my growler. It tends to foam up really quickly -- especially with Resurrection. And I pretty much exclusively fill this baby with Resurrection.
When it's full, I always keep a hand underneath it. I don't trust the tiny little loop near the top to hold all of the jug's weight, and I have this fear of it snapping off and showering the sidewalk with suds and shards of glass.
A number of Baltimore bars will fill your growler. I believe Brewer's Art doesn't mind filling them. Just make sure to go during off hours. I don't think any of the bartenders want to bother with a growler at midnight on a Friday.
I think you'd be surprised at the number of bars willing to fill your growler (even though it is technically illegal). Just ask 'em. I'll bet they're more than happy to.
Mmm. I'm thirsty. Are you thirsty? Oh wait, it's 7 a.m.
(Photo by me)