The Glass Jug Beer Lab

The Glass Jug Beer LabThe Glass Jug Beer Lab
The Glass Jug Beer LabThe Glass Jug Beer Lab
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

5410 Hwy 55, Suite AF
Durham, North Carolina, 27713
United States

(919) 813-0135 | map

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Reviews by FriedSlug:
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Sep 13, 2014
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terry33 from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Incredible selection from the store and you can relax at the bar to enjoy an ever changing selection from taps. I've even been able to get notifications if a particular beer has become available.

Sep 16, 2019
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

A bottle shop/growler fill shop/bar that recently added a brewery. When you first enter there is a fairly large bar to the right, a couple of small tables straight ahead and a few aisles of shelves/coolers in the back. The beers available to take away are organized by styles. There are a couple of TVs that were showing soccer with no volume and enjoyable music playing at a reasonable volume.

Beers were well poured into proper glassware at a reasonable temperature and with a decent amount of head.

Service was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable - even offering some cautions on a couple of the beers (like don't miss this one if you like style XXX since we are not likely to be able to get another keg of it, etc.

The store portion has a really nice selection of NC breweries as well as a lot of harder to find breweries as well. Good selection across the styles and a decent amount of beer available chilled as well. All beer was available in singles. The draft list had a decent representation of styles and featured a number of NC breweries that are harder to find (do not distribute or self-distribute).

Apr 07, 2018
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is a bottle shop, bar, and brewery all in one. They have a good selection in their bottle shop. Quite a few beers on tap. They also have begun brewing their own. They had an Irish stout regular and nitro on tap when I was there. Decent seating. Good place to stop in Durham.

Mar 23, 2018
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Strublebrew from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Nov 29, 2016
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Macsimus from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Aug 02, 2016
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LaGuarns from Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Great bottleshop. Staff was super friendly and helpful. Katy made great recommendations on Local beers. Will be stopping again when I am in town.

Jun 10, 2016
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Bcraft11 from North Carolina

2.41/5  rDev -43.7%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.5

Nice selection but a hole in the wall. Little to no atmosphere at all.

Oct 27, 2015
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Bilco from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Sep 04, 2015
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raleigh_blue from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

The Glass Jug has rapidly become the go to place for craft beer in south Durham / west RTP.

Vibe: It is located in a strip mall, which, isn't ideal, but location wise it great, conveniently located off of NC 55 a between US 40 and N C147. Parking is never an issue and it is in an area I generally consider safe (which isn't always a given in Durham). Outside there is limited seating with a view of the parking lot, but hey, it’s about the company and the beer. Inside there’s a few tables with chairs that are too small for my frame. Luckily, the stools at the bar are plentiful and that’s where I want to be anyway. The Glass Jug is always spotlessly clean. The staff is very friendly, most have their serving cicerone so they are also knowledgeable about the offerings.

Quality: You can rate is in any number of ways, but I’m going to focus on the growler fills first. Tremendous attention to detail in the growler filling, and they use the counter pressure fill so the growlers keep as well as can be expected. As I mentioned above, they are cicerones so the quality is really top notch, even down to the little details, like wetting the glass, proper glass, etc. A+

Service: It can get busy and sometimes they don’t have enough people there but that’s a sign of their success. I am a bit of a regular there, so I have the privilege of grabbing attention when I need it. This is not to say they aren’t friendly to everyone, they are. The owners, Kate and Chris, set the tone for the rest of the staff with their professionalism and service orientation. I’ve never had poor service there.

Selection: There is a wide selection of local, domestic and imported craft beers, some refrigerated to go and some without a corking fee (which I appreciate). Space is a constraint. They do also offer some snacks and there are nearby eateries so the lack of a kitchen isn’t an issue, at least for me. People often bring in take out. The owners have some strong personal connections to the NC craft scene and that results in some rare local beers that other places simply do not get. That also tends to be their focus so they are going to occasionally miss out on the rare national allocations.

Overall: It’s a great place and I’m happy that they opened in my stomping grounds.

May 28, 2015
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Boomer4ES from North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Jan 25, 2015
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Highbury09 from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Sep 27, 2014
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GJ40 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

A nice, new bottle shop with both a great selection of bottles and a solid tap lineup. Comfortable atmosphere and friendly, knowledgeable service. It's well worth a visit!

Sep 27, 2014
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McAndrew from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Sep 23, 2014
The Glass Jug Beer Lab in Durham, NC
Brewery rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 11 ratings