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There are very few good things on this earth, but good beer is one of them. I spent too many years throwing back Natty Light and Bud Light Lime before I realized the amazing world of craft beer. Gastropubs and microbreweries are incredible. I don’t mind paying $9 for a drink when I feel like I’m walking around in the pages of a Southern Living Magazine. Go ahead and order an artisan cheese board and sample a small batch of local beer brewed with saffron grown exclusively in the Aconcagua mountain range. You may have to take out a small loan to pay for the excursion, but you’ll look really sick and bougie in all the photos you take.
No one can argue that the ambiance is bomb, but the most important contribution craft breweries have made to my life is introducing me to the growler.
While I used to be a “you pick 6” gal almost exclusively, the growler is my new number one. 64 fluid ounces of heaven, in my opinion. Gone are the days of collecting up trash bags of bottles and cans. Attempting a perfect head pour into a pint glass (swiped from your favorite brewery) while dining al fresco is the only way to live life now.
Additional benefits, they look cool and they’re a fun collectible item. What better way to show people that I’m more cultured than them than to show them my stock of growlers from the brewery tours I’ve been to around the country? It’s all about the clout. You can come out swinging with an, “Oh, that old thing? I just picked it up on my most recent trip to Tennessee’s Jackalope Brewing Co. NBD.”
Because I am an all-around great person, I love supporting small, locally-owned businesses. Yuengling doesn’t need my money as much as the husband and wife team that owns a tap downtown. The growler provides you the opportunity to #shopsmall and help keep local commerce alive. This is a complete two birds, one stone situation. When you fill up a growler, not only are you getting a delicious beverage, but you now have bragging rights for how socially conscious you are.
The list of positive goes on and on, but perhaps my favorite indirect benny of the growler is the excuse it gives you to drink a little more than normal. you have maybe a solid 12 hours before the beer goes flat. You don’t want to be wasteful, so an additional glass or two is a necessity sometimes.
People try to call me saying that drinking out of growlers is too expensive. I understand where you’re coming from, but stop being obtuse and not visualizing the right social setting. Obviously, it’s not ideal to bring a growler to a rager with hundreds of people. But if you’re casually drinking with five or six friends, $18 for a fill-up or two isn’t that outlandish. I’m probably spending the same amount as the schmuck heading over to the distributor and picking up a 24-pack, and at least what I’m paying for doesn’t taste like warm piss.
If you’re coming over to drink, don’t ask if you can pick up a case, you should already know you’re bringing a half growler of your favorite local IPA.
Oh, and P.S. – Bring a cool growler with you, because I’ll try to find a way to get you to leave it behind, and then I won’t give it back. .
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