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Old 06-20-2013, 05:54 PM   #1
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Default Cost of growler fills?

Saw another thread that got me thinking...what do you pay for a growler refill? Around here a 64oz runs about $10-$15. This assumes you've already purchased the growler itself.

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I find it’s all over the place around me. Some places fill up 64 oz of regular beers for $8, specialty beers for $10 or $12. Some charge by the pint price you’d pay at the bar. Some give you a discount, for instance pay for 3 pints worth and get the 4th free.

I will say that generally the places that have $8 growlers don’t have great beer. And the places that charge exactly what you would if paid by the pint at bar generally have better beer but you end up paying $20+ for it.

Both of these situations end with me not buying growlers much. I can fill up a growler of my homebrew for about $0.50!

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$10 "Lighter stuff" $12 to $14 for Big beers

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Old 06-20-2013, 06:41 PM   #4
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Part of what keeps me from getting more fill-ups is having 4 or 5 grocery stores near me doing the mix-n-match 6 for 9.99. I can get 72oz of quality variety or pay more for 64oz of a single something (still good quality). Or yeah, just drink my own stuff. But sometimes a six pack of Southern Tier 2x IPA and Hopnotic is just too hard to pass up.

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The brewery around here charges $8.00 I believe. I'm not sure if this area would support much more than that. Somewhat economically depressed...

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Lighter options in CA typically run around $10-12, while big beers will be $15-25. I gladly paid $20 for 64oz of Speedway though!

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$10-14 is pretty standard around here; I know of one place that does $8 on Sundays. The best deal in town might be Hair of the Dog, which fills a growler for 15 bucks - these are 10-12% beers like Adam or Fred, which cost at least 4 bucks for 12oz at the store or in the pub.

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Part of what keeps me from getting more fill-ups is having 4 or 5 grocery stores near me doing the mix-n-match 6 for 9.99. I can get 72oz of quality variety or pay more for 64oz of a single something (still good quality). Or yeah, just drink my own stuff. But sometimes a six pack of Southern Tier 2x IPA and Hopnotic is just too hard to pass up.
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I only do growlers when it's something that is truly unique and I plan to drink it up within a day (I'm the only beer-drinker in my house). But with some growler fills approaching $15 around here, it has to be something earth-shattering.

I picked up three bombers of Black Butte for $2.99 a pop last night. One of my favorite micros for the money. Nine bucks for about the same amount of brew and I don't have to drink it all up the same day.
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The local growler stations start at $9 and go up from there depending on the beer. Might have to go get a fill of Double Jack for $14 tonight. Boneyard $6 on Wednesdays, Silvermoon $6 Tues & Wed, and various other daily deals at the other places.

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Only breweries are allowed to sell growlers here and its usually about $10-$15 however I always head to New Holland Brewing on tuesdays because the weekly special is $6 growler fill which is awesome especially for such a large brewery.

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