Care and Use of Growlers

June 16, 2015

We want to talk about beer - our beer in particular. As you may know, we pride ourselves on brewing beer in its most natural form and getting it in your hands as quickly as possible to maintain freshness. Our process doesn’t include filtration or pasteurization because the beer tastes better without them. It also requires something from us and our customers:

Our beer should be kept cold all the time

We do our best to make sure that fermentation won’t occur after packaging but due to our methods it can’t be guaranteed. Our growlers are especially susceptible since they are filled directly from a tap.

So, let’s talk growlers specifically:

We make sure all our filled growlers leave the store in the best condition possible: all returned growlers go through a rigorous cleaning and sanitizing procedure; they are filled through lines that are chilled and regularly cleaned; filled growlers are refrigerated after filling, and are sold within a day or two.

Here’s where you, our fantastic customers, play your part. Growlers are meant to be consumed fresh – the sooner, the better. Under optimal conditions (i.e. cold) the beer’s freshness won’t deteriorate very quickly, however even at slightly warmer conditions (10°C and up) our unpasteurized product can start to ferment.

Why does this matter?

Imagine leaving out some fresh squeezed orange juice, in a sealed glass container, on your kitchen counter. You might not notice any change after a day, or even a few days. Eventually, though, you’ll notice the cap on that bottle start to become distended with the building pressure. You can imagine what might happen if the pressure within the bottle became too much for the glass to withstand.

Stay safe folks! Beer is a perishable product. Please keep refrigerated at all times for both your enjoyment of our brews and your safety.