Do you tip on growler fills?

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  1. RblWthACoz

    RblWthACoz Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2006 Pennsylvania

    60% of the time, it works every time.
  2. MadeInTheMitten

    MadeInTheMitten Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2015 Michigan

    I tip before I leave, not with every drink.
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  3. pianoguy

    pianoguy Pundit (846) Feb 14, 2015 Washington

    If the growler is dirty and the person filling it has to clean it, rinse it, or do any maintenance work then by all means you better offer that person a tip ! They ain't your maid! But if all they do is fill your clean growler... Your thank you should suffice...
  4. MadeInTheMitten

    MadeInTheMitten Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2015 Michigan

    I tip on my last drink, I should say. I also shoot the bartender a notice before-hand. So he doesn't find some "from-unda cheese" to sprinkle on my girlfriend and I's drinks, lol. I just find it a pain in the ass to tip on every drink(s). I'm never at huge busy bars either, so it never gets lost in translation.
  5. riverlen

    riverlen Initiate (0) Sep 16, 2009 Illinois

    I tip on the first drink, that's how you get the best service.
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  6. MadeInTheMitten

    MadeInTheMitten Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2015 Michigan

    First drink? Like for the rest of the night?? How much do you usually give them? I never 'normally' go over three drinks, depending on the lineup. I've never had shitty service, or even remotely bad service from a bartender. /knocks on wood.
  7. ph1ogic

    ph1ogic Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2015 California

    well that escalated quickly :grinning:
  8. RJLarse

    RJLarse Pooh-Bah (2,259) Dec 30, 2005 Washington

    Yep. Around 10% depending...
  9. deleted_user_950283

    deleted_user_950283 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2015

    Yes always tip when you can.
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  10. SonictheBeerhog

    SonictheBeerhog Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 New York

    I don't. And I don't expect anyone else to. I work at a brewery and never expect tips for growler fills.
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  11. BeerBob

    BeerBob Initiate (0) May 30, 2002 Nebraska

    THAT is the correct reply.
  12. hunninghake

    hunninghake Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2005 Colorado

    Prep and fill times are more than your bartender usually has to spend on a pint fill. I tip them when they hand me a glass of beer I ordered, why wouldn't I tip them when they take the time to fill a larger option. In an industry that relies upon gratuity, with my growler fills there is never a question as to whether or not to tip...
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  13. SLeffler27

    SLeffler27 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,490) Feb 24, 2008 New York
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    The U.S. laws governing wages for service staff, are disgraceful. Therefore, I always tip to cover the shortfall these hardworking folks endure.

    For me a "tip" should be gratuity. So if the wait staff is deserving of my gratitude, and almost always they are, then I tip above the shortfall, and in proportion to the service provided. Showing ones appreciation for another's service is more than civil, it is morally correct. (Edit - Just how strongly I feel about this topic)

    As for growler fills, the metric is fuzzy at best. I tend to be generous for the above reasons. If they are willing to sell a growler of a rare or special beer, then I definitely show greater respect.
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  14. dannyhipps

    dannyhipps Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 California

    Pretty simple. I follow the buck a beer rule. Sometimes I'll 2 on a growler.
  15. johnsomp

    johnsomp Initiate (0) Mar 12, 2012 Maryland

    What about tipping when you buy a case directly from the brewery? Example, you ask for a case, they take your cash, and tell you to go pick it up off the pallet.
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  16. gopens44

    gopens44 Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia

    I'm a serial tipper. Always tend to over-tip or err on the side of tipping, BUT here's where I would tip or not tip for growler fills - Total Wine started filling growlers, so no tipping there or any other retail establishment like another bottle shop or a place like "Growlers to Go" that are off site licensed places. Brewery? Chances are some loose dollars will find their way into the tip cup while the filler isn't looking. As for a bar, yes indeed I'll tip, I see it as the bartender taking time to serve you just as any other person bellied up, so they deserve the same treatment from me as a bellied up fellow. My standard tip on a few beers is $5, so that's probably going to happen with the growler as well.
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  17. HeavyDandtheGirls

    HeavyDandtheGirls Pundit (773) Mar 7, 2014 Massachusetts

    Got a growler filled and a 4 pack last night at Wormtown, no tip jar visable.... Hence no tip. And I usually over tip.
  18. The_FishermanJay

    The_FishermanJay Pundit (914) May 16, 2010 Florida
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    That one's a little tougher but I still generally throw a few bucks their way. I know that tipping technically is about the service one has received. But I believe that if you are -- or plan to be -- a regular somewhere (particularly a locally owned business/brewery), tipping then is just as much about future service. Servers (and I was one many years ago) remember those who tip well and those who tip poorly. And someone else said it well previously: If I can drop $40-plus on a case of beer, then I can afford to throw a few bones to the person who rang me up (who, in many cases, is a server making servers' wages).
  19. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Pooh-Bah (1,630) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    Why give them just the tip?
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  20. Sound_Explorer

    Sound_Explorer Pooh-Bah (2,608) Dec 29, 2013 Washington

    Dollar per growler under normal circumstances.
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  21. warrendietrich2001

    warrendietrich2001 Pooh-Bah (1,620) Feb 13, 2013 Nevada
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    I always tip, its because I believe in karma. If their is a line on the receipt for a tip no matter where I will put something on it. Figure the people working behind the counter make less money than I do and tip money can go towards lunch or a snack.
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  22. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Grand Pooh-Bah (5,806) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    If I'm drinking at the bar, and bartender also fills growler, then I tip for the beers poured and a small additional tip for the fill. Spread the love.
  23. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Canada (QC)

    Never thought of it before but i guess i would when in that situation.
  24. Emmige1

    Emmige1 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2014 New York

    This may not make any sense, but if it's at the brewery/bar, yes. Usually a buck, or two (if they had samples).

    When i get them filled at Decicco's, or other grocery stores, no. But that's probably because I pay at the registers and not at the filling station.
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  25. Evahflow

    Evahflow Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Filling a growler properly goes beyond just putting a glass under the beer tap and letting it fill up. When not filled properly a growler can go flat very quickly. If its at a place where the person gets a normal hourly wage, then no tip. If its at a bar or brewery tap room then not tipping would be the same as going in ordering drinks and not tipping. I usually tip 2$ for a fill and if multiple fills a little more. If you can't afford a few bucks for tips then you probably shouldnt be getting the growlers filled to begin with.
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  26. mrdonno1970

    mrdonno1970 Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2011 Texas

    I tip. The place I go to has an on premise license so it's like being at a bar. If it was strictly a "to-go" growler store, I would probably tip anyway but just not as much.
  27. TuckerMaxx

    TuckerMaxx Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2010 Connecticut

    Its kinda like take out, just a couple bucks
  28. DarkerTheBetter

    DarkerTheBetter Pooh-Bah (2,054) Sep 30, 2005 Minnesota

    I tip every time I compete for a bartenders time.
  29. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    I have this same mentality as well. Not too long ago I had a busted windshield, a police man pulled me over and you know the rest. I paid the service fee for my windshield at the counter but went personally to the gentleman that did the labor and gave him a tip for busting his ass to get my car done in a speedy yet professional manner. This is the way the world should operate.
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  30. nickmantia

    nickmantia Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    I always tip on growler fills, for exactly the reason that @lambpasty mentioned.
  31. KyleFnesvig

    KyleFnesvig Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2015 California

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  32. rphx88

    rphx88 Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2014 Arizona

    I worked at a store and never got tipped for growlers. I was cool with that. But I did get tipped for carrying out kegs sometimes.
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  33. scottsoileau

    scottsoileau Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2014 Louisiana

    Tipped$5 on a $21 growler fill at Parish Brewery. This included the growler. And she was really really chte9
  34. Beerleon

    Beerleon Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2011 Texas

    At least $2 per fill.
  35. teledeluxe

    teledeluxe Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2013 Illinois

    I now tip $2 for the first growler and an additional $1 per growler after that.
  36. souvenirs

    souvenirs Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2013 Canada (BC)

    I've wondered about this. So far I've been tipping about 10%, which is about what I'd tip for take out.
  37. AlanMcKinnon

    AlanMcKinnon Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2014 Florida

    If they make a decent (read: 2 or 3 bucks above federal minimum) wage, then yes, I generally tip ~25%.

    Obviously your mileage will vary based on state/country.
  38. colinize

    colinize Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2012 Massachusetts

    Really, it's no different than pouring a pint - you're just taking it to go, and the fill time (depending on fill system) actually takes longer than a pint. So yes, tipping on growler fills is a good practice, though you don't necessarily have to go for 20% on the full price - maybe just a little bit more than you would on a single pint (per growler).
  39. irishpride

    irishpride Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2009 New York

    I fill Growlers at a busy Beverage center and I have never received a tip, and I never really thought about it till now.
  40. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Grand Pooh-Bah (5,669) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    I'm glad this thread came up - I've learned a lot about growler fills between this and my own thread over here - I've not visited a brewery or gotten a growler fill anywhere but at a beer store - so I'm glad to hear that I should tip - I don't want to be the guy that didn't tip when it was appropriate to do so... :sunglasses:
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