It used to be that a jug of beer could only be bought and refilled at the local craft brewery. Recently, though, bars, takeout shops and even supermarkets have caught on to the growler craze. And it isn’t just for imbibing at home: You may catch savvy diners heading to their favorite BYOBs with one (or two) in tow. Here’s a growler-to-go rundown.
Breweries and brewpubs: At Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant, two takeout pizzas and a growler run just $25. For those needing a nudge on hump day, Phoenixville’s Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery offers $6 growler fills on select beers. Ardmore’s Tired Hands Brewing Company offers excellently crafted saisons and expressive, hoppy ales to-go. On Friday afternoons at Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, a “growler run” means a pint at the bar and a jug to-go. West Chester’s Boxcar Brewing Company doesn’t have a pub, but fills can be had during business hours and on Friday Growler Night.
Bars and takeout: West Chester’s Side Bar & Restaurant boasts a diverse 24 beers on tap, and Paoli’s TJ’s Restaurant & Drinkery offers all but the most rare of their beers for fills. In Lionville, Ron’s Original Bar & Grille is a great bar, restaurant and takeout stop with an ever-changing list of about 20 draft options, and the nearby Drafting Room’s impressive list will have you keeping your growler in the trunk. Though best known for its awesome selection of mix and-match bottles, Pinocchio’s Restaurant offers 23 beers on tap, making it a favorite with Media growler types.
Supermarkets: You can fill up at Whole Foods in Glen Mills, Plymouth Meeting and Devon. Wegmans in Malvern and Collegeville also offer growlers. And it’s a good thing, too— food shopping sure makes us thirsty.