Do you tip a bartender when filling a growler? - Page 16 - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Do you tip a bartender when filling a growler?
Sign-up To NEW HBT Article Newsletter - Brewing Articles Direct To You!

Thread Tools
Old 06-14-2011, 04:09 PM   #151
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Central IL
Posts: 3,015
Liked 87 Times on 81 Posts
Likes Given: 21


This is my second contribution to this thread. I keep getting the updates, and it's a little hard for me to see the basis for some of this discussion.

1. While it's not customary to tip in some countries it is here,'s customary.

2. It's become more than a custom, because employers and the IRS have gotten involved in it, and made the lives of underpaid service people harder than they were before. (No, I have never worked in a job connected with being tipped)

3. It's now to the point where we must acknowledge that tips constitute a significant part of the income of service people. Tipping is, therefore, and to whatever degree, obligatory if not mandatory.

4. My conclusion: YES. Growler, whatever, you tip. I don't see how filling a growler is any differnent than drawing a pint, and I tip a buck a drink, so there.

NB: Just to keep the record completely straight, I have never actually purchased a growler. We've got a couple of micros in the area, but they don't do growlers. You mention growler to people around here, they think you've got a mean dog.

“Malt does more than Milton can / To justify God’s ways to man”

-A. E. Housman (1859–1936). A Shropshire Lad , 1896.
rico567 is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 04:21 PM   #152
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 1,383
Liked 22 Times on 19 Posts


When I get a growler at the bar they have to stick the tube on the tap and it take a while for them to get it filled to the top so its time they cant be pouring for other customers. Its a bit more involved than a pint. So what if you are not bellied up to the bar?

Went to the tap spot thos weekend and gave my usual 2 bucks and he made me drink a few half pint test glasses ha. Its worth more than 2 bucks so everyone wins.

Beezy is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 06:40 PM   #153
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dover, FL
Posts: 558
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 5


well, back when I used to frequent bars, when I found one I really liked, I tipped very well -and became a regular -and was always treated very well in kind.
Kegged: Big Bad Brown Ale (Brown Ale and Porter blend).

Plans: Oak-Smoked Porter, Honey Brown Ale.
Originally Posted by Jaybird View Post
we do it for the love of beer! Not for the love of money! We can all make great BEER! Not so much when it comes to money!
Nightbiker is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 02:00 AM   #154
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Finger Lakes & Ithaca, NY
Posts: 48

I was the growler boy back in the day:
Especially leave a buck if the kid or bartender filling the growler is smart enough to sanitize the growler before filling it and gives you a brand new cap. Nothing is worse that having a growler go sour.

If there's no sanitizer around, I probably wouldn't buy a beer. I've seen some scary growlers go out the door. Also, regarding exchanges. STAY AWAY! My eyes have been tainted with the sight of more mishandled beer than you can imagine! Crimes of the brew ignorant, and greedy business owner.

Also, those people bringing in moldy growlers and expect me to somehow scrub that concrete out, go **** yourself! Have the decency to wash your damn growler when you're done!

Lastly, people with the big fancy flip top growler with the fancy metal handle, those things are a bitch to fill without wasting beer. Leave 2 bucks.

Hot thread, I respect everyone's passion. Now lets chill with a home brew! Cheers!

P.s. +1 for the Old Toad in Rochester!
FL_Brewer is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 09:47 PM   #155
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: WV
Posts: 324
Liked 28 Times on 21 Posts
Likes Given: 45


Typically whenever I go to a brewpub and order a growler its after I have had a few or more pints and have eaten. I always tip my service people more so if they were good. I've never went in just to get a growler but Id probably throw them a buck and whatever change was left.
Jsamp is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2011, 12:19 AM   #156
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Posts: 1,703
Liked 442 Times on 254 Posts
Likes Given: 463


Tipping, especially at places I go to regularly, has been a cheep investment that has gotten me fantastic service. There is a good Mexican place I go to that has a wait at 2pm on a Tuesday. I haven't had to wait for a table there for years, even at 7pm on a Friday/Saturday. There is always the same waitress in the front section and she gets my wife and I a table in her section as soon as we walk in.

Gameface is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Co2 filling question shtank General Beer Discussion 20 03-22-2011 10:53 PM
Uses for a Growler murphyslaw General Beer Discussion 23 11-16-2010 07:54 PM
Filling Growlers In L.A.? Sethwick General Beer Discussion 2 08-24-2010 02:28 AM
Filling secondary with water? Roman Brewer General Beer Discussion 6 11-06-2008 09:57 PM
Bartender Rant paulthenurse General Beer Discussion 43 02-24-2008 12:17 AM

Forum Jump