Do you tip on growler fills?

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  1. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    I am familiar with non sequitur arguments and the idea of denying the antecedent. However, although technically a logical fallacy, his premises did imply the conclusion.
  2. TheBeerDad

    TheBeerDad Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2012 Michigan

    My job is to make sure the bills get paid, keep standing in line.
  3. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Well, I wasn't asking your opinion, I was asking how much it factually is. But ok, 1 - 3 bucks. I can go along with that. Now, would it be wrong to tip a server based on the number of plates and cups they bring to the table..say, 50 cents to 1 buck each?
  4. Providence

    Providence Pooh-Bah (2,376) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island
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    I was under the impression you didn't look up things people corrected you on.......:wink:
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  5. domnalbrecc

    domnalbrecc Zealot (562) Jan 31, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Does it? The initial sentence or two refers to a bar which shamed non-tippers, yes. But if you read carefully, a second, entirely separate situation is which context it is stated that the friend: "also knows not everyone can afford a tip and does not mind a bit". This immediately precedes the comment regarding a good tipper having class.
    Just sayin'.
  6. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    Ah. But his premise A ("when someone hands him a $20") is directly linked to his premise B ("and shakes his hand"). His resulting conclusion ("that guy or gal that gives you something- has got class") seems to uncouple the two premises, indicating that only those that give something are the ones with class.
    Although I'm sure this guy (and you as a bartender also) would be happy with just a shake of the hand.
  7. domnalbrecc

    domnalbrecc Zealot (562) Jan 31, 2012 Pennsylvania

    He's also not talking about bartending, per se. He's talking about doing things not in the job description, because it's the right thing to do. Am I paid to give directions/advice to tourists? Absolutely not. Do I expect a tip for that? No. Do I think higher of those who do tip me for something like that? Sure, but it's because they're going above and beyond.
    Honestly, that type of service mentality is worth more than a few dollars in tip at the time. When I started at my job, the bar I worked at was absolutely dead. We developed a regular crowd of hundreds because all of our bartenders consistently go above and beyond their job description. Being a good person is good business too.
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  8. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Pooh-Bah (1,643) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    I typically get $1.00 to $3.00 in tips per growler fill. For multiple growlers I typically get about $2.00 to $5.00. No rhyme or reason it seems, but food for thought.
  9. Flashy

    Flashy Pooh-Bah (1,693) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    Yeah right- like when you say something and the other person digs up a crazy scenario and says "then you want babies to starve." You know exactly what I mean.
  10. Bogforce

    Bogforce Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2010 Ohio

    If you don't tip on growler fills you have never worked at a brewery bar or brewpub. A growler takes a lot of your time and occupies a tap for a period of time for the fill. I am never upset when I don't get a tip on a growler but I always expect to get something and I always time on a growler fill.
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  11. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Pooh-Bah (2,473) Mar 28, 2009 California

    I filled 3 growlers all new vessels and the tip recommended was around $30, I did have to have a few beers while I was there, but there is "other option" where you can write the tip amount in which I chose and tipped $8...$2 for each growler, and $1 for each beer.

    I am not tipping on the growler price, particulary since they are $25 bones just for the vessel at societe.
  12. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    Eh. I don't actually.
  13. poopinmybutt

    poopinmybutt Zealot (631) May 25, 2005 Nebraska

    these kinda threads always go well
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  14. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Pundit (855) Feb 25, 2013 California

    I was at a local brewery and I did them great business - 5 growlers, where I just popped in to get them filled then left. When I was rung up, which was on an Ipad, there were tip %'s, 15-25, then in ugly gray letters below was NO TIP. I felt cheap going no tip so I did 15% even though I wasn't asking for any service, just bulk beer. Thoughts?
  15. wspanic201

    wspanic201 Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2010 Iowa

    Usually people tip the same for a growler as a pint at the brewery I work at. I don't expect any more, and I probably wouldn't tip more than that if I were the one getting a growler filled.
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  16. shacawgo24

    shacawgo24 Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 Illinois

    Beer is food.

    18%-20% Tip.
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  17. markdrinksbeer

    markdrinksbeer Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2013 Massachusetts

    That is ridiculous. Pretty soon there will be a tip jar in the cooler at the liquor store.
  18. CAbeerCAbeerCA

    CAbeerCAbeerCA Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2011 Maryland

    It's like when get food to go - I usually tip 2-4 dollars. I have no idea if I am doing it right.
  19. tbaker397

    tbaker397 Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2013 West Virginia

    From my experience at the restaurant I work where we do growler fills, I don't necessarily expect any tip if someone walks in gets a growler and leaves. Some do, some don't.
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  20. Mooglet

    Mooglet Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

    You tip for service. You received service. If the service was good tip accordingly.
    It will come back to you in future service if you frequent the brewery.
    It took time to fill 5 growlers.
    Servers usually work for tips.
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  21. lic217

    lic217 Pooh-Bah (1,994) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    I worked in restaurants for seven years and I tip extremely well when eating out. I do not tip on growler fills or takeout food because I never thought someone should tip me when getting food to go. Usually the growler fill is expensive. Most places I have gotten beer from ist around eight for a half growler or 750 ml or12 to 15 for a full growler. That is plenty of money. However if I am getting free samples or paying for samples or pints then I tip.
  22. markdrinksbeer

    markdrinksbeer Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2013 Massachusetts

    do people here tip when they order a pizza to go, or call ahead to place an order for chinese food, go and pick it up?
  23. msubulldog25

    msubulldog25 Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2005 Oregon

  24. rc51sport

    rc51sport Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2013 North Carolina

    Did you fill the growlers yourself? I'm guessing you didn't.... I wouldn't expect not to tip. It takes more time and work to fill a growler than a pint of beer. Not sure what your reasoning for not wanting to tip is. They are still providing you with a service and a product. If you don't want to tip go to the liquor store and buy some bottles...
  25. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Why is it ridiculous? If you'd tip someone for pouring and serving you a beer, why wouldn't you tip them for filling your growler? Arguably the growler is more work for them, unless they have one of those awesome automatic filling machines.

    Now, if you don't tip when ordering drinks at the bar, ignore this and carry on.
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  26. Providence

    Providence Pooh-Bah (2,376) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island
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    My thoughts exactly.
  27. Gunch43

    Gunch43 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I can't agree with this more. Especially on 5 growlers. If the bar is empty, you might be one of the sole ways this guy is going to make any tips that hour. If the bar is packed, that's a ton of time taken away from the patrons sitting at the bar waiting for beers he would get tipped on.
  28. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Pundit (855) Feb 25, 2013 California

    Thanks for the replies, and I see they are divergent. For the record, it was close to closing time and I wasn't taking them away from other customers. I can really see both sides on this.
  29. cwehr13

    cwehr13 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2011 Illinois

    the brewery by my house has 15 growler fills, I give them a 20 and leave it at that.
  30. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,489) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    Just tip a buck per growler. They'll be happy and so will your conscience.
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  31. Givemebeer

    Givemebeer Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2013 Vermont

    $1-2 is definitely fair and respectable.
  32. onefalsemove711

    onefalsemove711 Crusader (457) Jul 20, 2011 California

    I definitely tip. The time it takes to fill your growler is time not spent on another paying customer. Cheers!
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  33. jmgrub

    jmgrub Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2010 California

    Good tippers know without asking when it's appropriate to tip and approximately how much to tip. The fact that you considered the "no tip" option at a business like a brewery illustrates that you probably don't fall into this camp.
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  34. TheBungyo

    TheBungyo Pooh-Bah (1,951) Dec 1, 2004 Washington

    I always tip for growler fills. I see it as no different than if they were pouring me a pint. At least a buck for any pour.
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  35. ubenumber2

    ubenumber2 Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2012 Arkansas

    Short answer is No

    Long answer is No people think the guy at the counter at the Chinese place is worth less than the guy behind the counter at the bar
  36. Mineo

    Mineo Initiate (0) Jul 7, 2010 New York

    $1-3 tip per growler seems pretty standard. most of the breweries I've been to have a tip jar out.
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  37. weltywm

    weltywm Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I'm not sure which iPad program they were using, but a lot of the ones I have seen usually have an option where you can input your own tip amount. If you think 15% is too expensive, you could at least input your own tip of 10% or at least a couple bucks. Or, now that you know, you could make sure to have a couple bucks in cash for when you go back.
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  38. lic217

    lic217 Pooh-Bah (1,994) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    Wanted to add to my above post, that the only place that I have ever gotten growlers is from a brewery. if I was to get a growler fill at a bar, then I would definitely tip a bartender.
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  39. afrokaze

    afrokaze Pooh-Bah (1,871) Jun 12, 2009 Oregon

    I usually tip at least $1 for a pint, so at least $2 for a growler seems fair to me.
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  40. crowellbw

    crowellbw Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2010 Washington

    At a brewery, the employees are not paid like waitresses at Denny's. For everyone saying it takes more time than a pint, yes it does, but they can seriously do a growler per minute. Should your beertender be paid $60 an hour on top of probably $10 an hour? Yes I tip a dollar for each bartendered transaction, but I hate this culture in the US. By buying a growler, I'm already making things easier on the brewery since I bring the glassware and they don't have to bottle.
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