Free the Growlers

Good news, people. We’ve finally gotten all our ABC approvals in, so we are now able and willing to fill non-Drake’s growlers at the Barrel House.

What you need to know:

Clean it before you bring it. We’ll rinse it, of course, but it’s up to you to keep it clean, and we’re not going to fill a dirty growler, because we’re not heathens.

We can’t fill just anything. For now, we will fill 2-liter swingtop growlers, 64-oz screw-top growlers (bring the cap), and 64-oz Hydro Flask/Drink Tank/Portland Growler Co beer growlers. (That should cover 95% of growlers out there.) We will not fill 1 gallon containers, 3 liter growlers (sorry, Bastards), plastic containers (including any form of “beer box”), kegs, milk jugs, apple juice bottles, buckets, flasks, snowglobes, truck beds, or hats.  So, you know… common sense.  We are hoping to get approval for 32-oz/1-liter growlers eventually as well.

Any marking from other breweries must be obscured. We can do this with opaque plastic wrap, but if you’d like something prettier, make sure that the non-Drake’s logos are covered with something that is, to quote the state regulation, “not easily removed.” So there does have to be something affixed to the glass (no growler koozies or oversized Crown Royal bags).

And as always, you can always purchase your very own Drake’s growler for ten bucks.  Fills for 64-oz/2-liter growlers are $10-$19, depending on the beer.


And while we’re here, how about a little bit about the proper care & feeding of your growler?  First off, sealed growlers are best consumed ASAP, but should stay good for about three days.  Once you open it, the beer will begin to get oxidized, so bottoms up.  Re-sealing it and opening it the next day means bad-tasting beer, and that’s no good for anyone.  As soon as you finish the growler, rinse it thoroughly with hot water and let it air dry. Do not use soap (though if you do have a homebrew sanitizer, that’s fine).  Before you bring it back out to get filled, give it another rinse with hot water.


  1. John Heylin says:

    Way to go! That’s one small step for the environment, one giant leap for beer lovers everywhere. And maybe now I can whittle down my collection of 15 growlers in my closet. See you at the Sau and Brau!

  2. Is this San Leandro only or dealership also?