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Old 08-23-2007, 06:47 PM   #1
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Hi All,

Just was wondering if anyone has any ideas as to where i can buy cheap growlers. I'm hoping to hand out homebrew to friends in 64 oz containers and eliminate much of the tedious bottling work that i do.
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:09 PM   #2
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Go to a micro brew pub, buy a growler full of beer. Go home and drink the beer, repeat... Just keep doing that until you have enough.

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Old 08-23-2007, 07:54 PM   #3
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Check your LHBS. I was in KC a few months ago and stopped into one and they had used 1 gallon jugs for $1.50 each. Also make sure you get the black lids with plastic on the inside. It will keep the beer a while longer. just make sure you get them back and reuse them.
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:59 PM   #4
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Our "local" pub won't fill a growler you don't buy from them...a$$wipes...
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Old 08-23-2007, 09:12 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by homebrewer_99
Our "local" pub won't fill a growler you don't buy from them...a$$wipes...

You: "I'd like to buy some of your beer, on which you make a gross margin of >80%"
Them: "Not unless you buy this glass thingy, on which our gross margin is <20%"

No wonder so many brewpubs go under...
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Old 08-23-2007, 09:19 PM   #6
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**** ten years ago out in WA (I unfortunately line in CT now, but that is another story) the local pubs would all fill mason jars if you brought em. as long as you could close it they would fill it. I remember once at my favorite brew pub I watched a guy come in and try to get the bar tender to fill a zip lock bag. I don't recall the outcome but I remember it being funny.
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Old 08-23-2007, 09:22 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by homebrewer_99
Our "local" pub won't fill a growler you don't buy from them...a$$wipes...
Not sure but I think some state laws dictate that growlers can only be filled if they are labeled and labeled with what they are filled with. Heard this one state, not sure how widespread this is.

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Old 08-23-2007, 09:26 PM   #8
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Here in MN it is state law that only growlers that have the brewery name labled on it can be filled. There are a couple of places here in Duluth that fill growlers and neither of em will fill the other ones growlers.

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Old 08-23-2007, 09:51 PM   #9
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There a couple of generalizations which can be made when buying a growler...

First, you are probably buying it to bring it to a place where there will be other people.

Second, some of the other people will probably drink some of the beer.

Third, they will assume the name on the growler is the name of the brewery from which the beer came.

In light of those three things, I don't think I'd fill other breweries growlers either.
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Old 08-23-2007, 10:22 PM   #10
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Not sure where in NY you are or how long of a drive it would be to VA--but these are the cheapest growlers i've seen--6 bucks for the empty and another 6 bucks or so to fill with one of there beers...so if you are planning a road trip might be worth stopping at

otherwise there's always AHS

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