Created in 2010 by Beermapping.com, National Growler Day celebrates those handy refillable jugs we in the craft beer world have come to love so much. Because nothing quite matches the taste of a beer fresh off the draft, growlers have become a popular way to take the taste of fresh beer from your favorite bar -- to go.
In addition, growlers also allow establishments to package beers which might not normally be available to take home for their customers. Texas breweries like 512 and Buffalo Bayou, for instance, package very little of their beer for sale in stores. Without growlers, this would leave you unable to enjoy many of these beers at home or share them with out-of-town friends.
Even hippies love growlers, since they're environmentally conscious. A growler eliminates packaging waste and saves resources on lowered transportation impact. Not to mention it lowers cost to the brewery, which -- in turn -- gives you cheaper beer.
But when it comes down to it, the real reason growlers are becoming so popular is because they simply look cool. Who doesn't want a
wallet giant bottle that says "Bad Mother Fucker" on it?
As growlers become more popular in Texas, there is really no reason not to carry a clean, empty jug in your backseat in case you want to stop off for a beer run before heading home for dinner. Listen: If your significant other bothered to take care of dinner, the least you can do is bring home the beer, you lazy bastard.
Here is a list of our favorite places to get your fill on:
Big Red Cock has a strong local and national lineup of beers and have even offered its own line of limited edition, hand-painted growlers in the past (bring those back guys, please?). Bring your own growler, though, as BRC doesn't typically have any for sale.
Among the first bars to offer growler fills as well as its own, branded glass jugs, Petrol Station is known for its off-beat and humorous growlers, including jugs riffing on the bar's friendly rivalry with The Hay Merchant. Petrol Station growlers typically sell out the day they are released so bring your own.
In case you weren't aware, there are bars in Whole Foods. A place where they have beer and every woman wears yoga pants -- it's like a patchouli-scented version of heaven. Bonus points: Whole Foods is among the cheapest places to get your fill on. Right now, I'm drinking from a half-gallon of Breckenridge Christmas that cost $9, That's four pints for less than the price of two at a bar. Whole Foods is also a great place to buy a growler, as they are usually well stocked.
Eating...Our Words has yet to visit the newest Heights craft beer hot spot but word is that they are doing things right up there. Check them out and report back to us.
If you head out to get a growler today, hit us up on Twitter at @eatingourwords and use the hashtag #growlerday.