The practice of buying draft beer to haul home in big glass jugs called growlers began centuries ago. Growlers were everywhere in New York in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
After disappearing from the scene for a few generations, local pioneers like Bierkraft sparked a growler renaissance. Now many beer bars and even restaurants like Prime Meats offer growler fills of fresh craft beer direct from their taps.
In one of the stranger stories we’ve heard in a while, news this week emerged that the new Duane Reade in Bedford Ave in Williamsburg is filling growlers!?
Unfortunately, you’re probably not allowed to drink from them while waiting in line for ten minutes to buy a new tube of toothpaste. What’s next? An artisanal cheese selection at gas station convenience stores on 4th Ave?
Seriously, we’re not sure how this is going to fly – for many beer lovers, isn’t getting a growler filled as much about avoiding places like supermarkets and drugstores as it is about getting good beer to take home? Don’t forget that it actually takes skill to fill a growler properly too – if not done just right, you’ll end up with 64 ounces of flat stale beer by the time you get home.
What do you think? Does Duane Reed have the skills? We’ll keep monitoring the situation.