Growlers: A Brief Summary

Thursday, July 28, 2016 | Bars, Distributors, Fun


IIf you’ve been to a brewpub or certain beer retailers as of late, it’s likely you are aware of growlers. These 64 fl oz bottles are great for taking a beer home that you can’t find bottled or canned. Many breweries are trying new beers that aren’t ready to bottle yet. And aside from those, there are beers that will only ever be available on draft that you want to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. That’s when growlers come in handy–you can take home a little something special. For this reason, bringing home beer in a growler can seem like a special treat.

But where did growlers come from? The origin of the term harkens back to the late 19th century, when people would bring home beer from the pub in galvanized, lidded pails. The beer sloshing about and escaping CO2 made a growling sound for which it was named. In the 50s and 60s, beer was often taken home in waxed cardboard containers, not unlike soda cups or Chinese takeout soup containers. Eventually, certain breweries used soft-plastic gallons–like milk jugs–to sell their beer, allowing for refills for a returned empty. All of these allowed much of the CO2 to leak out. The modern growler was first introduced in Idaho by the Otto Bros. Brewery, who had not yet gotten to the point where they could bottle their product, and wanted a way for their customers to take it home. So they began to use basic half-gallon bottles that resembled moonshine jugs.

The idea has spread nationwide, allowing for small brewpubs and full breweries alike to share their special beverages with folks who’d rather enjoy them elsewhere. Although most growlers are similar to those first twist-cap jugs, many now feature ceramic-and-rubber clamp tops, and some even more closely resemble huge thermoses. For the traditional growlers, there are cooling packs to keep them chilled, and straps for ease of carrying. Now they even make half-size growlers, affectionately called howlers. While most growlers were first deposit-based, you can now just buy your own and have it filled wherever you please.

So, where can you get your growler topped off? We have a convenient list to help you find the best filling station in your area.

Craft Beer Store in Springfield

Friday, March 25, 2016 | Distributors, Retailers


Brand new, with 30 craft beers on tap at the bar and 20 refrigerated doors of bottled craft beer, you’re sure to find a few brews that will pique your interest. You can have a pint at the bar, or grab some to go if you’ve got a destination. Perhaps you’d like a little more to take with you? They’re happy to fill growlers and crowlers. Can’t decide what you want? A flight sampler will help with that. Plus, they’ve got a 23-ft humidified cigar displays to choose a little something special from.

35 Baltimore Pike
Springfield,PA 19064

Bound Beverages

Thursday, May 29, 2014 | Distributors, Fun, Retailers


Just opened this month in Warrington, Bound Beverage had their grand opening only a few weeks ago and already it’s becoming a popular hotspot for Bucks and Montgomery counties. Along with many varieties of beer–including top selling crafts, especially locals like Victory, Troegs, Lancaster, Prism, and complete line of imports–they also offer kegs in 1/6, 1/4 and 1/2 sizes, snacks and beverages, and party wagon rentals for all your gathering needs. Whether you’re looking to supply your backyard BBQ or gear up for the big summer block party, Bound has got you covered.

Bound Beverage

308 Easton Rd (Rt 611)

Warrington, PA


Win a Trip to Starr Hill

Thursday, May 1, 2014 | Bars, Contest, Distributors, Fun, Retailers, Starr Hill Brewery


Starr Hill’s new tasting room opened at their Crozet brewery just under a month ago, just twelve miles away from downtown Charlottesville. They doubled the size of the old tasting room and gave it a whole new look that showcases the bottling and canning lines, custom concrete and wooden bars, and an outdoor patio with space for food trucks to park. The tap room features a state-of-the-art draft system and 16 Starr Hill brews for tasting flights, pints and growler fills.

The new extended tasting room hours are as follows:

Thursdays from 1 – 8 PM

Fridays 12 – 8 PM

Saturdays 11 AM – 8 PM

Sundays 11 AM – 5 PM

They also offer tours of the entire facility on Saturdays and Sundays at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm.

You can win a fabulous trip to the Starr Hill Brewery. Enter to win at Railroad Street Bar and Grille while enjoying great Starr Hill brands on draft and in Growlers to Go. You can also enter to Win at the Starr Hill Displays at the following Beer Distributors:

Epps Beverage – Royersford

Limerick Beverage – Limerick

Austin Beverage – Collegeville

Drawing will be held on June 5th at Railroad Street Bar – do not need to be present to win!!!

Earth Day

Thursday, April 17, 2014 | Beer News, Distributors, Events, Fun, Local Favorites, Long Trail, Restaurants, Retailers, Spring, Sustainable, Victory


As spring comes into full swing and trees and plants put forth their blooms, we find that it’s a perfect time to really take a look at our planet and all she has to offer; we’d never have the flora needed to make delicious beers without our environment being as it is, and it’s important to take a day out of the year to appreciate all the beauty in the natural world. So celebrate Earth Day (April 22) with some environmentally conscious brews this year, and go find a forest to stroll through, a beach to walk along or simply sit out on your front porch and take in all the awe-inspiring beauty that is Mother Nature.

Long Trail has held the tradition of commitment to maintaining the environment for many years now. Between their spent mash and cow power programs, and their water conservation efforts, they gained Vermont’s Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in 2009 and continue to do all they can to keep our planet healthy. This Earth Day, certain bars and restaurants will be giving a special pint glass away with the purchase of a Long Trail brew, as well as a seedling, with the goal of planting 10,000 trees in the U.S. You can find distributors here and participating bars here.

Long Trail isn’t the only brewery that’s stepping up to the plate this Earth Day, though.

Victory Brewing, who won the Sustainable Agriculture Business Award earlier this year, is joining forces with the Brandywine Conservancy in a reforestation initiative in East Brandywine Township, planting trees provided by the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society’s TreeVitalize program. Over the last five years, the group has been planting trees throughout the Brandywine Watershed, and they hope to meet the milestone 25,000th tree at this event, which takes place Saturday, April 19th, starting at 9 a.m.

For information or to volunteer, please call Wes Horner at 610.388.8124.

Ambler Beverage Exchange

Friday, March 7, 2014 | Distributors, Local Favorites, Retailers


With a great selection of craft beer (Troegs, Prism, Victory, Lancaster and Long Trail just to name a few), and friendly staff, Ambler Beverage Exchange is a favorite of Ambler residents looking to get a case or two. The staff is knowledgeable about craft beer and their stock, and happy to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. And with their wide variety, you’re sure to find an old favorite or discover a new one. Check their Facebook for samplings and other events along with local businesses such as Sum Pig. If you live in Ambler, or you’re just passing through, be sure to stop by to pick up something. You never know, they could be your next go-to retailer.

Location & Contact:

259 E Butler Ave,

Ambler, PA



Mon-Thur 10am-8pm

Fri-Sat 9am-9pm

Sun 11am-5pm

Pat Deon Beverages

Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Beck's, Distributors, Firestone Walker, Leffe, Redhook, Retailers, Shock Top, Stella Artois, Troegs, Widmer


Pat Deon Beverages in Fairless Hills has one of the greatest selections around when it comes to beer, all at competitive prices. The well-organized collection includes such names as Becks, Goose Island, Victory, Leffe, Redhook, Shock Top, Stella Artois, Troegs, Widmer and many, many more, guaranteeing that you’ll be able to find something new to try every time you go in. The well-experience staff is happy to help you find the best choice for you. They’ve been at their current location since the early ’80s, and have been serving the surrounding area with a clean, well-lit store that sells cases, 1/6, 1/4 and 1/2 kegs, as well as tobacco products, soda, teas, snacks, ice and Pennsylvania lottery tickets.

For great selection, friendly staff and great prices, this is the spot.

Contact Info:

Pat Deon Beverages

526 S Oxford Valley Rd

Fairless Hills, PA


Store Hours:

Monday-Friday: 9am-9pm

Saturday: 8am-9pm

Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Share the Love with Starr Hill and Fight Breast Cancer

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | Distributors, Starr Hill Brewery


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but Starr Hill didn’t wait until now to start fighting. Starr Hill founder Mark Thompson believes that cancer is something that touches everyone’s lives, and wanted to give back to the community in a meaningful way. In February 2012, they joined forces with local distributor Virginia Eagle Distributing, and began their program “Share the Love” to aid local breast cancer awareness foundations. The brewery and distributor each donated a portion of the money from each sale of award-winning hefeweizen The Love, raising in excess of $5000 in February alone. Since its beginning, the program has raised over $13,000.

With the help of local distributors and retailers, the program has spread throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey and Nashville, TN. Now, the Philadelphia area is joining the fight with donations from the local wholesalers and Starr Hill for every case and every pint of Starr Hill The Love sold in the month of October. Below is a list of retailers and venues at which The Love is available.

The donations will go to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, which runs support groups, provides a ton of patient resources, and education for prevention and treatment. For 20 years, this organization has been a source of strength, knowledge and support for breast cancer patients and their loved ones in Pennsylvania.

The Love is a sweet, clove-y hefeweizen with hints of banana and light body. It was awarded a silver medal in the German Hefeweizen category at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival.

Where to buy The Love:

Visit These and Other Locations to find The Love

PBCC Information:

PA Breast Cancer Coalition
2397 Quentin Road, Suite B
Lebanon, PA 17042

BeerHere: A New Way to Discover Your Next Favorite Brew

Thursday, March 28, 2013 | Beer News, Distributors, New, Retailers, Uncategorized


As technology improves, so does beer… and so does beer marketing. Main Street Beverage Marketing has come out with a touch-screen kiosk designed to benefit customers, brewers and retailers alike, called Beer Here. This innovative machine allows customers to search through its database based on a number of different characteristics, including region, color, bitterness, alcohol content and food pairings. It also allows them to find their favorite beers quickly by simply searching the beer name. Each beer within the database has a full characteristic profile, allowing customers to find a perfect fit for them. It also informs them what is available at their retailer.

Retailers can use Beer Here to highlight specials and featured brands, and make it easier for employees to help customers find something they want. It also allows them to learn what interests are trending at their location and react accordingly. A benefit to brewers is that this allows customers exposure to their products, including crucial information about the beer.

BeerHere Website

The Beer Yard in Wayne

Thursday, February 21, 2013 | Distributors


Beer Yard, in Wayne, PA, is a small establishment on Lancaster Avenue, with stacks of diverse cases towering inside its structure, boasting 1,989 different beers. They feature amazing selections from local brewers like Victory and Troegs and an impressive import selection. Costs can range from $20 for more common beers to $120 for the rarities. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, able to help you whether you want to know about food pairings or if you need help getting one of the cases down—which you probably will. If you call or send an email, the staff will set aside a case for you to pick up later. One thing you’ll notice is the lack of prices on the cases, but the staff will happily help you figure that out. With free beer tastings on Fridays from 5-7pm, it’s worth a look-see if you’re in the area.

218 E Lancaster Ave
Wayne, PA, 19087

10am-10pm Monday-Thursday
10am-11pm Friday-Saturday
12pm-5pm Sunday

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