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Beer - Best place to fill a growler in Portland ME

Bunker Brewing. Great beer that's available in all of my favorite Portland tap houses.

You fill up the growler at their spot on Anderson Street where they brew the beer. Always something new. Great price and super nice, happy people. This is my one and only go-to growler spot in Portland right now.

Bunker posts their filling hours online, almost always on Saturdays and usually some mid-week nights as well.

Very good stuff!

Jun 20, 2013
Sunnny in Northern New England

Beer - Best place to fill a growler in Portland ME

Oxbow is so good! The Crow Bar on Munjoy Hill has it. I think I also saw it at The Thirsty Pig on Exchange. And Peeper which I am becoming addicted to. The Pig makes insanely good homemade kielbasa by the way, perfect snack with local beer.

The brewers maybe wouldn't mind sharing bottles. I think it's the liquor laws in the way.

Agreed a growler does not make sense if you don't live close to that brewery and or if you only drink beer occasionally, and your spouse won't help you finish it within 24 hrs of opening. A growler doesn't last long at my house so it works perfectly. I have noticed the metal capped growlers (Moat, Triumph) seem to hold the quality better than the plastic caps (Seadog) after a week in the fridge, in the rare instance a growler would sit in my fridge un-opened for that long.

I wouldn't bother if I was on the road. That being said, I've moved a lot and do have a graveyard of growlers I can't often use, but I'm glad I kept them. I have a few for Moat and it's a treat to bring Iron Mike home once or twice a year. And I remembered to put my Triumph growlers in the car for a road trip last week.

I admit I have one very sad growler from away that is now used to house pocket change.

Feb 11, 2012
Sunnny in Northern New England

Beer - Best place to fill a growler in Portland ME

My memory is fuzzy (go figure...) but on an Anchor Steam brewery tour I took, I think they explained beer that goes into bottles is made slightly differently from the beer that is sold in kegs.

They're made in separate batches but I think the ingredients are about the same, just a difference in process. The bottled beer needs to stay fresher longer on the shelf whereas kegs hopefully get turned over more often. Also, the bottled beer is more carbonated than keg which I think they said helps preserve it, and the higher carbonation means the beer is less dense which slightly diminishes the flavor.

Again, my memory is terrible so I could be totally wrong here, and every brewer is likely different. Point is the beer in the bottle vs the beer from a keg from the same brewery aren't necessarily exactly the same. (That being said, I probably couldn't tell the difference in a blind taste test...)

And no way on recycling bottles being as green as re-using a growler, not even close. Recycling means the bottle is transported and heavily processed in order to make it usable again. Probably not a perfect analogy but think of it as bringing your own re-usable shopping bags to the grocery rather than just switching to paper from plastic.

Jan 21, 2012
Sunnny in Northern New England

Beer - Best place to fill a growler in Portland ME

I feel your pain, Mike CP. I just moved back to Portland after being away for 5 years. While away, I fell in love with growlers. It supports the local brewery because you're buying direct, draught tastes way better than bottles and cans, and maybe best of all, it eliminates having to recycle. Fill it, drink it within a week or two (within 24 hrs once opened), wash it out, repeat.

I was shocked to find that growlers haven't taken off here. The bartender at Sebago openly shamed me for asking, saying "Why would we do growlers when our beer is available in bottles?" Dbag.

Seadog out by the malls in SoPo does growlers. They're owned by Shipyard and have good stuff like Thumper on tap but because of the goofy, old blue laws around growlers, they can only fill with the Seadog beers. I'm not in love with any one Seadog beer. The IPA is fine, the blond is fine. I usually try whatever wasn't on tap on my prior visit, and it's always fine. Never stellar, but fine. The people working here are always nice and they have a loyalty points card thing (not sure what it's for yet but its also accepted it up at Sunday River in the bar at White Cap, and I feel terribly smart and important when I whip it out...)

Grittys also fills but in my 2 attempts to get reacquainted with the place since I've been back in Portland, I found the beer nearly undrinkable, gross even. So disappointing because it's a great space, close by, and it's basically an institution that I used to love. I would love to get growlers filled here rather than driving all the way to the mall, but in trying 4 pints over 2 visits, something is very wrong here nowadays.

Sorry for the long answer to your short question. I just love love love growlers and good beer! I can't believe Portland's green beer-obsessed locavore culture hasn't caught on yet.

Jan 14, 2012
Sunnny in Northern New England

Best seafood tower is Austin? (it's Bourdain's fault)

Looks like Perlas, Parkside, Eddie Vs, Trulucks do it. I've been to Eddie Vs Arboretum which was fine, service was the best part. Not much interested in trying Trulucks because it's a chain unless someone says it's worthwhile. The goal here is to revisit a yummy date night we had in New Orleans, just nice, hands-on raw bar and chilled whatever du jour. Will look up Perry's, thanks

Jan 13, 2012
Sunnny in Austin

Best seafood tower is Austin? (it's Bourdain's fault)

Would like to celebrate the hub's birthday with a killer seafood tower. Any suggestions or feedback on who does it well in Austin?

Jan 13, 2012
Sunnny in Austin

Need growlers in Portland, Maine!

Thanks! (I wish Geary's had a brew pub!)

Jul 24, 2011
Sunnny in Northern New England

Need growlers in Portland, Maine!

Who sells and refills growlers in Portland, Maine?

Jul 23, 2011
Sunnny in Northern New England

Cold River Vodka

Skip it - it's all packaging. The empty bottles cost $19 each, and they're filled with cheap, poorly-made swill.

Jul 23, 2011
Sunnny in Northern New England