Updated on January 25, 2021.
Want to take a draught beer home from the taproom? You’ll need a growler for that beer.
The liquid equivalent of bringing your own bags to Whole Foods, growlers typically come in 32- or 64-ounce sizes and allow you to bring beer back from a brewery even when the stuff isn’t canned or bottled. Many breweries offer brown glass growlers prone to shattering and light damage; ditch the breakable for the unshakeable with these seven sturdier options. And while you’re at it, grab a few of our favorite beer tools and take your beer education to the next level.
The Best Growlers for Your Beer
MiiR Insulated Growler Bottle
For the Suave — The MiiR Growler is relatively lightweight, with the 32-ounce option coming in at just over one pound when empty. Featuring a gasket top and double-walled insulation, your beer will stay cold and carbonated for up to a day. And with a simplified gasket design and no handle, this has the cleanest design of those we tested (check out the Orange Vessel for another aesthetically pleasing option). And every MiiR product purchased helps to support their nonprofit partners, who provide clean drinking water to those in need.
Hydroflask Insulated Growler
For the Athlete — With the ability to be clipped to a backpack or bike and a secure screw-top design, this Hydroflask growler is perfect for outdoor use. Featuring double walls for 24-hour insulation, stainless steel construction for durability, and a powder-coated matte finish to keep the container from sweating and slipping, this is the best growler for water on the way up the trail and beer on the way back down.
DrinkTanks Insulated Growler
For the Utilitarian — Made from stainless steel and available in a variety of colors, these beer growlers are both durable and stylish. The double-walled vacuum insulation keeps beer cold for more than 24 hours at a time, and an airtight seal preserves carbonation until you pop the top. “Kegcaps” are also available, allowing you to top up the growler with CO2 and keep beer fresh between sips.
For the Maximalist — Few companies have innovated beyond the standard tightly sealed, durable beer growler. But the uKeg from GrowlerWerks takes the standard beer growler to a new level. It’s effectively a growler and at-home draft system in one. Fill your uKeg with draft beer, seal it, and enjoy fresh beer for weeks–according to GrowlerWerks.
We’ve tested the uKeg on numerous occasions. And, while it is the priciest option on this list, it’s also extremely effective. For those looking to maximize their beer drinking experience and want an upgrade from the standard growler, this is the best pick.
Orange Vessel Stoneware Beer Growler
For the Designer — If you’re looking for a smooth finish and a unique design, these kiln-glazed, stoneware beer growlers are your pick. They are customizable, handmade in Ohio, and feature an ergonomical ring grip, so your fingers won’t be in pain as you carry one to a party. Plus, they’ll keep your beer cold for a few hours.
Klean Kanteen Insulated Growler
For the Minimalist — Perhaps best known for their popular water bottles, Klean Kanteen also makes growlers. We tested their BPA-free insulated growler, which gets points for its tight-sealing Swing Lok Cap. Unlike glass or ceramic growlers, you never have to worry about the Klean Kanteen shattering, and the brushed amber stainless steel would look right at home in Dieter Rams’ living room.
Stanley Beer Growler
For the Camper — Sturdy and durable, Stanley growlers are designed with the rugged environment and weekend camper in mind. This growler will keep your IPA safe from the roots, rocks, dirt, and bumps whether you’re hiking on the trail or sitting around your campsite. Vacuum insulation keeps drinks cold for up to a full 24 hours.
EcoVessel Boss Triple Insulated Beer Growler
For the Boss — EcoVessel makes a tricked out growler so you can be the boss of keeping your craft beer carbonated and cold. Featuring TriMax Triple Insuation, Refelcta Insulated dual opening lid, and even a snap-in infuser, the EcoVessel Boss Growler is like the Ferrari of growlers.
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