The growlers come in a variety of sizes and styles. — Photo courtesy of The Beer Growler
Savannah’s had a few spots dedicated to the art of beer open in the past few years, including well-regarded bars World of Beer and the Moon River Brewing Company’s Beer Garden. The latest entry into the field, The Beer Growler, is technically a store, but there’s a unique twist: patrons walk out with their very own jug filled with premium beer.
Located on the bottom level of Drayton Towers in the Historic District, the Beer Growler’s concept is pretty simple yet ingenious. Patrons pay a small one-time fee for either a 32- or 64-ounce growler, then select from more than 40 varieties of beer, cider or soda. The growlers are yours to keep and can be brought back and refilled at any one of the store’s seven Georgia locations.
The Beer Growler has a rotating selection of more than 40 varieties of beer, cider and soda on tap. — Photo courtesy of The Beer Growler
Beers on tap have included domestic choices such as Duck Rabbit Amber from North Carolina, Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning from Maryland and Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Oregon, plus several selections from local breweries. There are also imported beers on tap, with past choices including Well's & Young's Double Chocolate Stout from the U.K and Liefmans Cuvee Brut from Belgium. Non-beer drinkers can choose from sodas like root beer and cream soda.
What about exiting the store with your beer in hand? The Beer Growler skirted Georgia law by using “original” packaging and sealing the container with a tamper-proof seal, giving patrons the flexibility of taking their growler to go.