Why are growler fills so expensive?

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  1. atomic

    atomic Disciple (328) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    Here in chicago, theres limited options of where we can get growler fills, so pardon me if this isn't the case in other areas.

    growler fill of Daisy Cutter, $12 for 64oz
    -buying Daisy Cutter in 4pk of 16oz cans, $9.99
    Thats $2 MORE for the inconvenience of having to drink all 64oz in one day.

    Growler fill of Goose Island 312, $16
    -12pk of 312? Usually about $13. thats 144oz for less than the price of 64oz.

    Anyone want to enlighten me as to why growlers cost so much more than buying bottled/canned?
  2. cmannes

    cmannes Disciple (379) Mar 15, 2009 Minnesota
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    Because people will pay that much?
  3. 1up

    1up Disciple (361) Mar 5, 2013 District of Columbia

    No idea but it's the same here
  4. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Meyvn (1,132) Mar 1, 2006 Connecticut
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    Drinking 64 ounces of Daisy Cutter is an inconvenience? I wish I could get a bottle without giving up my first born in trade!
  5. rboinski

    rboinski Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 California

    Growlers are more useful for pub only offerings, not for stuff you can buy in the store.
  6. atomic

    atomic Disciple (328) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    Ok, then my next question is, why are people paying that much? At Half Acre, you don't even have to go somewhere else to buy the 4pk of Daisy, you could buy it THERE for 9.99, freshly canned and everything.
    At Goose Island, theres a binnys literally across the street where you can buy a 12pk of 312.

    I get if there are limited released brews, that won't get bottled. But Daisy Cutter? 312?
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  7. atomic

    atomic Disciple (328) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    Daisy Cutter is literally everywhere in chicago, you will have no trouble getting some if you wanted it.
  8. standardcherry

    standardcherry Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    Daisy Cutter is canned (I don't think they bottle it). It's pretty easy to find, I think you might be thinking of Double Daisy Cutter.
  9. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,061) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I find that sixtels aren't that great of a bargain, either- perhaps those growler prices are based on being poured from a sixtel.

    Sometimes I do get growlers that are cheaper that their bottled counterpart, though; recently I got some Enjoy By for $15, and that one definitely came from a half-barrel keg. Definitely a bargain in that instance, so maybe the size of the keg has something to do with it.
  10. KingBiscuit

    KingBiscuit Disciple (380) May 30, 2005 Illinois

    Ahem. Because it's as fresh as you can get. Usually a good thang with PA/IPA's.
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  11. readicculus

    readicculus Initiate (68) Dec 29, 2005 Pennsylvania

    How is a keg any fresher than any other container? Other than if it was filled more recently?
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  12. Vitacca

    Vitacca Disciple (345) Sep 15, 2010 Wisconsin
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    Is it cheaper than buying four 16 oz glasses? Makes sense then.
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  13. jrnyc

    jrnyc Savant (942) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    Singlecut Brewing in Queens, new brewery, growler fill at their brewery for a DIPA is $26! Those prices sound like bargains!
  14. 19etz55

    19etz55 Disciple (323) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    Try 1/2 growlers if they permit. One of my beer stores has 1/2 growlers which I can handle in a single sitting. Got one of DFH 60 Minute for $4.99. I've had other VERY good brews for $6.49 a 1/2. Also compare growler taste with bottle taste. If there isn't much difference go the cheaper route. Good luck!
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  15. KingBiscuit

    KingBiscuit Disciple (380) May 30, 2005 Illinois

    I believe you answered your own question.
  16. whiskey

    whiskey Aspirant (274) Feb 25, 2012 California
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    I only buy growlers if the beer can't be had in the bottle or it's a better deal than a bottle.

    I've seen Abyss for $12, Double Jack for $10, 90 minute for $10. All better deals than in the bottle.

    But something like Racer 5 for $10? Nah. Now, these are Total Wine growler prices.

    The "alehouses" near me charge $15 for things like West Coast IPA and Obsidian Stout...that's just silly.
  17. whiskey

    whiskey Aspirant (274) Feb 25, 2012 California
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    You hope.
    There's a place local to here that put on Hoptimum...like 3 weeks ago and it still hasn't hit town. I called them to ask if they got it in and they said, "No, it's from last year. I know time on an IPA isn't good but it still tastes good."

    One year old keg of Hoptimum!
  18. KingBiscuit

    KingBiscuit Disciple (380) May 30, 2005 Illinois

    Good point but here in IL you can only get growlers direct from the breweries, not from a 3rd party, i.e. pub or store.
  19. atomic

    atomic Disciple (328) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    Still, theres no reason that packs at the brewpub would necessarily be any less fresh than the keg.
  20. RedMedicine

    RedMedicine Initiate (126) Jun 3, 2005 Oregon
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    Yeah. I don't get it either. In Portland usually $10-14 fills. Back in my hometown of Downingtown PA much cheaper at Victory, usually $7-9. Also, in Bend OR they are cheaper, $8 for RPM IPA. So, I think location has quite a bit to do with it.
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  21. dar482

    dar482 Poo-Bah (3,476) Mar 9, 2007 New York
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    I've always wondered this too. Almost always across the board, getting a six pack is a much better deal and you don't have to drink it immediately, like a growler. I just don't know why beer stores bother with growler filling, but I guess the market keeps it afloat.

    I would easily fill my growler if it were a decent deal, but I just look for bottles or if IPA, then anything I like that's fresh.
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  22. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    $12 Growlers of Abyss? Sign me up.
  23. atomic

    atomic Disciple (328) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    That said, Half Acre Iron Brass triple for $15 is a great deal. Same with Space. But Daisy? pass.
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  24. Mersh

    Mersh Zealot (531) Mar 10, 2013 Connecticut
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    You gotta find a good trader. I got Daisy Cutter as an extra thrown in on one of my last trades. Almost shit myself.
  25. atomic

    atomic Disciple (328) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    Wow, had no idea DC is such a sought after extra. I try to throw in a DC, anti hero, and some NG in all my trades. Just feel like its a good representation of the area.
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  26. hopheadwes

    hopheadwes Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2013 Kentucky

    I work at a liquor store and manage what we have on tap at any given time for growler fills, I dont get anything unless I can make it cheaper in the growler than I can for a 6'er of it. I have a few DFH ancient ales on tap currently for 16-18 for 64oz, where as a bomber of those are 13.99-14.99 which means you get more than 100% more beer for a few dollars more.
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  27. J_Dub

    J_Dub Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2013 Texas

    I've only considered filling a growler because it's something I can't get in the bottle. The best Austin brews are only available this way. It's $12 for a 64oz fill. Considering it's $5 for a pint that's a great deal.
  28. Sipchue

    Sipchue Devotee (455) Mar 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I don't consider growler fills to be expensive at all. Compared to sitting in the pub and spending $4-$5 for a pint. Here in PA, I've spent between $7 and $15 for a fill. Fresh and wonderful. Quit complaining and fill'er up.
  29. atomic

    atomic Disciple (328) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    Yes but we're not comparing it to drinking at a pub, we're comparing it to beer you'd purchase for home consumption.
  30. Sipchue

    Sipchue Devotee (455) Mar 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Then I understand your befuddlement. It truly is a freshness deal if you're buying from the brewery. Thus spoketh the homebrewer.
  31. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (2,078) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    The thread should have ended on this post.
  32. whiskey

    whiskey Aspirant (274) Feb 25, 2012 California
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    Yeah, it was crazy. They put it on tap on a Monday, when I was starting a 5 day, 12hr shift week and I just couldn't justify 64oz of Abyss. But I talked to the "beer guy" there and he said it was right.

    At that time another local BA said there was a place selling growlers of Abyss for $10. :grimacing:
  33. palmdalethriller

    palmdalethriller Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2007 California

    If you are a brewery and you sell beer much cheaper than a customer could buy it at a retail store, well, why would you do that to your retailers?
  34. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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    You might have to give up your 1st born for a Bottle, since it comes in cans :slight_smile: Really though if you want to trade for a 4 pack bm me.
  35. atomic

    atomic Disciple (328) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    3 floyds does it. You can get a 6pk of ZD for $10 at the brewery, but in stores you'd be lucky to see it for $12. Hell you'd be lucky to see it at all as it sells out THAT fast.
  36. Lasering

    Lasering Disciple (301) Mar 19, 2013 Florida
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    You people and your damn 64oz growlers!
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  37. chrisp450

    chrisp450 Disciple (311) Oct 23, 2012 Minnesota
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    You are getting them soon!
  38. jkane101

    jkane101 Devotee (491) Sep 22, 2007 New Jersey
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    I only buy growlers of draft only beer, otherwise it's just stupid. And btw unless you're able to look at the date ON the keg there's no way to know that it's any fresher then the bottled version
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  39. GoGators

    GoGators Crusader (744) Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey
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    There is something about pouring a fresh growler of great beer into your own glasses and enjoying it at home with your buddies.. I'll pay a premium for that every time.
  40. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    ...as opposed to opening cheaper, just as fresh bottles? wheeeee
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