How to care for Growlers

You’ve gone to a lot of time and trouble to create your beer. It’s been a labour of love, you might say. So, wouldn’t it be a shame if after all that hard work your customers get home, open their Growler, and don’t get to enjoy your brew as you intended? If you don’t care for your Growlers properly this is a distinct possibility. The good news is, it’s pretty straightforward. 

Here are our top tips to keep your Growlers in tip top condition – and your punters coming back for more. 

Keep it simple

Growlers are made from glass, so just use your common sense. Don’t bash them, store them carefully and don’t let them get too hot or cold. Especially after they are sealed under pressure when filled with beer.

Keep it cold

Beer from the tap starts off chilled and needs to stay chilled. Tell customers to keep it chilled and sealed until they are going to drink it. A sealed Growler manually filled will normally keep beer fresh on average for up to 2-3 days days if left unopened. After that point, it begins to degrade due to oxygen intake and UV light. Filled with a full counter pressure system they say it is possible for the beer to remain fresh on average for up to 10 - 14 days.  Once opened, they need to drink up within a day or two.

Keep it clean

The easiest way to keep Growlers clean is to rinse them out with hot water several times immediately after emptying. Give it a really good swirl with the water to rinse out all trace of beer. If it’s not been rinsed out immediately, rinse the Growler with hot soapy water, and then thoroughly rinse until there's no soap residue. You don’t want the next batch of beer to be kept in it to taste of soap!

Dry thoroughly

Put the Growler upside down and allow it to air dry completely until there’s no moisture left. Don’t put the cap back on until you’re sure there’s no moisture in there. Bacteria love a damp Growler, so don’t give it a chance to grow. 

Store carefully

Cool, dark, safe shelves or cupboards are the ideal place to keep clean, empty Growlers until the next time they’re used.

Refill and repeat

Return your clean Growlers to us for refilling.