By Anthony St. Clair
In Oregon, growlers can be filled with beer, wine, cider and sake (as well as non-alcoholic beverages where available).
The most common growler is a 64-oz. jug, usually made of brown glass. A 32-oz. size (sometimes referred to as a “mini-growler” or “growlette”) is also available. Different materials, sizes and features (such as insulated metal) are increasingly available.
Growlers are available at most fill stations, breweries, brewpubs and speciality beer shops.
To ensure your growler beverage stays at its best, make sure your growler is clean and has a cap with a tight seal. Oxygen is the enemy of freshly poured beer, and specialty caps are available to minimize oxygen leakage. More places are also using special equipment to purge oxygen from growlers before filling; ask when you place your order.
Fresh is still best though. Try to time your growler purchase to the same day the beer will be enjoyed, and keep it cool and out of direct sunlight. Once opened, growler beer is prone to spoilage due to oxygen contact (usually resulting in stale or “wet cardboard” flavors and odors). When you crack that growler, do your best to make sure the beer inside gets enjoyed in a timely (and responsible) manner.
Here's Where to Fill Your Growler in Eugene
The Tap & Growler, 207 E 5th Ave., #115, Eugene. Dine in or to go: 70 rotating taps pour 40 beers (plus PBR), 20 local wines, 2 hard ciders, 2 kombuchas, one mead, one craft soda, one sake, one sangria, one root beer, and one cold coffee. Small plates and sandwiches. (541) 505-9751. tapandgrowler.com
The King’s Royal Growler, The King’s Royal Market, 1201 W. 11th Ave., Eugene. Local, regional and national craft beers available to go, with food and other options available from local convenience store. 12 taps. kingsroyalgrowler.com
The Growler Nation, Coburg Station, 440 Coburg Rd., #102, Eugene. The first growler-only station in Eugene for craft beer on the go. 33 taps. (541) 844-1935. thegrowlernation.com
The Growler Guys, 472 W 7th Ave., Eugene. With two locations in Bend, a new Eugene location lets beer lovers fill 32-oz. and 64-oz. growlers. 48 taps. Food, events and tastings also available. On Ducks home game days, opens at 9 a.m. (541) 653-8425. www.thegrowlerguys.com
Steel Pail Growler Fill Station & Tasting Room, 3007 N. Delta Highway, Suite 201, Eugene. Growler fill station and tasting room pouring beer, wine and cider. Relax on site with leather couches, TV and free Wi-Fi. 36 taps. (541) 215-9134. facebook.com/thesteelpail
Growler University, Near UO, across from the Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene. Planning to open in December. Craft beer, cider, and wine available in tasters, pints, and 32-oz. or 64-oz. growlers 31 taps. growleru.com
16 Tons, Taphouse at 265 E 13th. Ave.; Cafe at 2864 Willamette St., Eugene. Bringing interesting beers, wines and other beverages to Eugene since 2010. Fills jars and growlers to go. Specializes in limited-release and rare specialty beers. 30+ taps. sixteentons.biz
The Bier Stein, 1591 Willamette St., Eugene. Opened in 2005 and expanded in 2013 to a beer-hall style pub and restaurant. Beer, wine and cider to go or dine in. 30+ taps. (541) 485-BIER. thebierstein.com
Local Breweries and Brewpubs. Your favorite local brewery probably fills growlers too. Contact for details.
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