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Great Britain Growlers in the UK?

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Bitterbill, Jan 10, 2013.

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  1. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,219) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I'm just curious if you blokes have that option?
     
  2. Dennoman

    Dennoman Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2011 Belgium

    BrewDog bars do it, haven't seen it anywhere else on my journeys.
     
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  3. Ruds

    Ruds Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    I think you'll see them gain more promenance in the coming years.

    Windsor & Eton brewery have just started selling them at their shop.

    http://webrew.co.uk/main/webrew-growlers-arrive-in-the-shop/

    Some good beer bars have always given the option of carry outs - usually in the cardboard cartons but such venues would more than likely be happy to entertain growlers.

    Don't presume that all bars would be happy to fill a growler as some bar staff may be unfamiliar with them and be unsure of the size.
     
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  4. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,219) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Cool! Swing tops...I wish we'd have them locally.
     
  5. ImperialStoat

    ImperialStoat Aspirant (246) May 20, 2009 Ireland
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    Yeah, a shop near me does them now. Think they'll gain popularity in the coming years.
     
  6. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,725) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    If you get a funnel I don't think they'd have a problem with you buying a pint and pouring it into a bottle.
     
  7. Robert_N

    Robert_N Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2012 United Kingdom (Wales)

    There may be licensing issues with some places though.
     
  8. marquis

    marquis Crusader (741) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    Plenty of 4 pint karrikegs ti be found. Flimsy plastic things. Haven't seen any glass ones for a while though.
     
  9. Hanglow

    Hanglow Defender (682) Feb 18, 2012 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Fox and Hounds in Houston did the cardboard ones, problem is the size - they are limited by law the mount they can pour in one serving I think.

    Whole Foods had the same problem for theirs, although that might have changed now
     
  10. Aye

    Aye Aspirant (239) Jul 21, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

  11. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (3,678) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Ow wow!
    They are rather stylish :slight_smile:

    I had an ugly looking beige plastic four pint thing sometime in the early Nineties
    with a funny pressure cap type thing.
     
  12. marquis

    marquis Crusader (741) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    That's a karrikeg as I mentioned. You can buy one with 4 pints of beer in it at my nearest micro brewery.
     
  13. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (3,678) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Thanks for clearing that up, the keg part made me think of some kind of added artificial gas lol
     
  14. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,725) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Change it to "no problem with taking your pint somewhere they can't see it, bottling it and then pretending you've drunk it" lol
     
  15. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Poo-Bah (3,102) Nov 6, 2010 United Kingdom (England)

    I've long thought of this definition when I hear Americans throw the term around.....


    One of the beer bars where I live lets you take out beer in those cardboard jobbies. The York Beer & Wine shop also sells cask-dispensed beer for consumption off-site (in an ugly plastic jug).


    A toilet cubicle :wink:
     
  16. Aye

    Aye Aspirant (239) Jul 21, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    So do growlers *giggle* keep the beer fresh and lively? I must say the karrikegs left the ale flat and tepid by the time I got it home.
     
  17. Ruds

    Ruds Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    yes - the first time I went to the US it was a giggle but you get used to it

    See also the USS Growler docked at the Intrepid museum on the Hudson

    tbh - I used to precede this word with 'hairy' so it doesn't carry all that!

    Fanny packs is another and I once asked a taxi driver if my mate could have a fag in the back, which meant something rather different to him than me !!!
     
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  18. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,725) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Why the giggling, has nobody had Nethergate's Old Growler before?
     
  19. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (624) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands
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    I did that many times in the 1970's. Partly to harvest yeast for homebrewing, partly to get decent bottled beer. Stick in a half tablespoon of sugar and leave it a couple of days and it condioned a treat. The beer had to be fresh, mind you.
     
  20. HenrikO

    HenrikO Initiate (0) Jun 19, 2011 Sweden

    Many brewery taps do it now. Lovibonds and London Fields are two examples I've visited recently. Nicely-designed branded growlers, too. And I've taken home beers from pubs in cardboard carryouts, too (2 pint maximum).
     
  21. grex9101

    grex9101 Initiate (0) May 12, 2012

    Anyone else reminded of the old BoSelecta Lorrain Kelly sketch?

    "Have ye seen my growler?"

     
  22. marquis

    marquis Crusader (741) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    I used to bring home a pint of Home Ales Bitter every Sunday lunchtime to have with my roast. The landlord at the Red Lion in Stathern put it into an empty Scotch bottle.If I didn't drink it straight away I added half a spoonful of sugar and screwed the top down tight.
    I've quite often had beer put into old fashioned quart flagons (the ones with a screw in stopper which weigh a ton) and occasionally had a polypin filled from the pump.
     
  23. Hoppsbabo

    Hoppsbabo Champion (806) Jan 29, 2012 United Kingdom (England)

    Bacchanalia in Cambridge does growlers.
     
  24. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,219) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Thanks for all of the feedback! I still don't get the use of cardboard boxes. Is that anything like wine in a box?
     
  25. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (3,678) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

  26. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Poo-Bah (3,102) Nov 6, 2010 United Kingdom (England)

    I've never bought one, but they look like the milk cartons you get in the US.

    [​IMG]
     
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  27. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,219) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Hehe...if that was my only choice for take out beer, I'd still go for it. Thanks!
     
  28. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Initiate (182) Jul 1, 2009 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    They leak and the beer goes flat in an hour. Really only suitable for taking beer home from the pub, and then only if you live two streets away.
     
  29. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Poo-Bah (3,102) Nov 6, 2010 United Kingdom (England)

    Fair enough. I've never been tempted to be honest....
     
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