UPDATE: The original version of this post stated National Growler Day is on Friday. That was incorrect. Saturday the 17th is National Growler Day.
It's hard not to like an initiative called The Beer Mapping Project. But now this site dedicated to supporting craft brewers has gotten even better. They've declared Saturday, 17th of December to be National Growler Day. Here's why:
If you’re not already aware, many brewpubs and some breweries across the United States have the ability to sell you “growlers” of their house brewed beer for you to take home and enjoy. Typically, a growler holds 64 ounces and in many occasions you can bring them back for refills (a refill price is often cheaper than a first fill because you are paying for the glass container).
So, we’ve learned that a growler that you purchase today is a recyclable container full of beer that comes from a business that is local to you. Who wouldn’t like that? If you have a brewpub nearby (search here), we’re urging you to visit it and ask for a growler of their finest beer to-go. It’s Friday, and nothing goes better with a Friday than some fresh locally brewed beer!
Brian has already raved about growlers in his guide on how to green your beer, and we've noted that draught beer beats bottled in terms of lifecycle assessments. So buying your beer in larger quantities and in reusable containers seems like a no-brainer to me.
If Lloyd is right and recycling really is bullshit, then it stands to reason that growlers are great.
I plan on celebrating. Do you?
Many thanks to Win Bassett of NC Brewing, the most trafficked website on North Carolina beer, for bringing this to our attention. For all things beer related you can follow Win on Twitter via @winbassett.