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Counter-pressure filled growlers in Seattle

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by BuckeyeOne, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Advocate (600) Washington Mar 9, 2008 Verified

    Besides Fremont Brewing, who else around the Seattle area fills their growlers using counter-pressure machines? I'm really tired of getting growlers filled directly from the tap without even a hose that go flat the same day. While the use of the hose is better than straight from the tap, it is no comparison to the superiority of the counter-pressure filled growlers.
  2. If you don't mind the trip south on I-5 99 bottles uses one.
  3. bweinst

    bweinst Aficionado (175) Washington Mar 31, 2005

    I get all of my growlers filled straight from the tap, and as long as they're filled to the top, and the top secured, they are good for weeks. Cheers!
  4. I think Beer Junction does. Definitely not sure though.
  5. youradhere

    youradhere Advocate (530) Washington Feb 29, 2008 Verified

    +1 to 99 Bottles. They have two cool lil special made Russian machines that look cool, and they shrink wrap the necks and label the growler. Real classy setup.
  6. distantmantra

    distantmantra Advocate (735) Washington May 23, 2011 Verified

    They are VERY cool, but also very expensive. I've talked with a couple brewers who looked into getting them for their taprooms but decided against it.
  7. csano

    csano Initiate (0) Washington Sep 21, 2010

    They do.
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  8. Git R Done!
  9. If you get your growler filled straight from the faucet, ask the person filling it to either 1) rinse it with cold water first, or 2) put it in the cooler while you enjoy 1 or 2 before you leave. Filling cool beer into a cool vessel will keep more co2 in your beer in solution. Also the less head space in your growler = mo betta.
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  10. itshanney

    itshanney Disciple (50) Washington Aug 30, 2012

    Georgetown Brewing does for sure. They're setup is similar to Fremont's and is pretty fun to watch the machine work.
  11. JKAllen

    JKAllen Aficionado (125) Sep 8, 2012

    99 Bottles? General location please?
  12. 35002 Pacific Highway South Federal Way, WA 98003
    (253) 838-2558
  13. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,390) Washington Sep 24, 2007 Verified

    Up here in the 'Ham, Kulshan Brewing is counter-filling their growlers. They will fill your growler from the tap, but they are doing the growler exchange deal. They pre-fill the growlers and the first time you get one you pay a deposit, then you just exchange it for another when you pick up your next growler.
  14. djbreezy

    djbreezy Advocate (520) Washington Dec 16, 2008

    So it's like the Blue Rhino propane tank of beer?
  15. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Advocate (600) Washington Mar 9, 2008 Verified

    Fremont does the same thing if you use their growlers, i.e., you can exchange your empty Fremont growler for a pre-filled one. You can also bring in a non-Fremont growler to get it filled from the counter-pressure filling machine.
  16. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,390) Washington Sep 24, 2007 Verified

    Yup. Apparently it's common in other places, but not so much around here. In WA, any sealable container can be used as a growler (I use my Nalgene bottle a lot when going for a walk), whereas other places have laws that are more restrictive. But you can still take whatever want into Kulshan and they'll fill it from the tap, like most places do. The exchange is for pre-filled, Kulshan branded growlers only.
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