5 Best Beer Growler Bottles Reviewed
Stainless Steel, Glass & Insulated Models

best beer growler - featured imageSo, what is the big deal about a growler anyway? We have all seen them at our local breweries, and some of you may even have a few of them lying around your house. Well, the truth is, growlers aren’t as big of a deal as they used to be. But, they are still very practical.

What is a beer growler?

Years ago, beer was not as commercially available as it is today. There weren’t large beer distributors or six packs available at every market. Also, there weren’t as many breweries or bars with operating hours extending through to Sunday – if only you could have your own keg at home. It was for these reasons growlers were made so popular.

They helped to solve the problem of inaccessibility. Using a growler, a person could easily carry beer home with them from their local pubs. Great to have a supply at home when they were unable to get to a tap. And although accessibility has greatly improved over the years, growlers are still conveniently serving the same purpose.

There have been many times where I have wanted to enjoy my local brewery’s seasonal ale at home, but it was only available on tap. And oppositely, there have been times where I wanted to share my home brew with family and friends. No matter the situation, these bottles will keep your brew fresh and are going to be your saving grace for carrying.

Conceptually growlers are all the same. But they do come in many shapes and sizes. Some long, and some short. I highly recommend picking up one if you haven’t already. Even better, in today’s guide, we’ll help pick you one. Read on!

Our Best Beer Growlers for 2018

Product
Volume
Material
Dimensions
Price
#1 True Fabrications Amber Howler

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64 Oz


Glass


5 x 5 x 11 inches


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#2 Euro Growler Bottle w/ Metal Handle
A nice to have bottle in 2017
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2 Liter


Glass


7 x 5.6 x 13 inches


$$$
#3 Midwest Homebrewing Supplies
A bottle
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2 Liter


Glass


5.5 x 5.5 x 13 inches


$$$
#4 45 Degree Latitude

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64 oz


Stainless Steel


4 x 4 x 12 inches


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#5 True Fabrications Glass Bottle

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0.5 Gallon


Glass


5 x 5 x 1 inches


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#1 True Fabrications 64Oz Amber Howler (Our Favorite)

stainless steel growler

This is probably one of the most popular and basic of beer growlers. It is the same kind of growler that you can buy from your local brewery.

It is a 64oz bottle made of glass and is amber in color. The color helps to protect against light pollution that may damage your beer.

This particular product does not come with a cap. However, new caps are usually put on every time you get one filled at a pub or brewery. Caps are also very inexpensive and are very easy to find. Just remember that the lid should be replaced for each use. Make sure there’s some room at the top to avoid spillage.

Pros

  • 64oz
  • Dark glass
  • Reusable
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Cap not included
  • Generic
  • Small handle

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#2 Euro Growler 2L Bottle with Metal Handle

clear bottle with handle to carry your beers around

After brewing your first batch, you now want to be able to share your own home brew with family and friends. Well, look no further. This 2 liter (about 67oz) beer growler is perfect for the job.

Dark amber glass keeps your beer from being tainted by sunlight, and its large metal hand prevents your hands from warming the beer. It also has an attached clamp sealing cap that can be used time and time again. Don’t worry, the clamp has good pressure so you will know it won’t come off easily.

The only problem with this bottle is because it isn’t a standard industry growler. Some places may give you a hard time about filling it and will not pour for you – what’s wrong with these people. We just want our brew. 

Pros

  • 2 liters
  • Dark glass
  • Large handle
  • Attached resalable cap

Cons

  • Non-standard
  • Breweries may not fill

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#3 Midwest Homebrewing Supplies 2L Growler

bottle with cap similar to the Stanley product

This is a pretty cool beer growler. It is also 2 liters and is made from dark glass. It does not have as large of a handle as Euro Growler’s, but it does extend slightly off of the bottle to keep your hand from warming the beer and allow for easy pouring.

You also won’t have to worry about purchasing an additional cap because one is already attached and can be sealed with a metal clasp. With the resealable cap, it provides a tight and secure seal so you know it will not open randomly. The bad thing with screw on caps is that they’re known to leak slowly.

Overall, this product is a classic. You can usually find these from your local brew shop.

Pros

  • Very dark glass
  • Reusable
  • Resalable attached cap
  • Tight seal

Cons

  • Small handle
  • non-standard
  • Breweries may not fill

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#4 45 Degree Latitude Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle

Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle to maintain carbonation (CO2) for a long time

This is indeed the king of water bottles. However, instead of plastic, it is stainless steel and BPA free, and with a cool design as well. It’s basically a hydro flask but you can still use it with beer. And at 64 oz it really makes it one of the best stainless steel beer growlers out there.

The container is double walled, and vacuum sealed to keep your craft beer cold and insulated – cold temperature up to 24 hours! Because of this, it will not sweat, and it will not burn your hand if you decide to put something hot inside. It really works.

This is a quality multi-purpose bottle with great features, especially the vacuum seal lid to keep your beer carbonated. Set this high up on your shopping list.

Pros

  • 64 Oz
  • Stainless steel
  • Lightproof
  • Multi-purpose
  • Vacuum insulated

Cons

  • Non-standard
  • Breweries may not fill

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#5 True Fabrications 1/2 Gallon Clear Glass Bottle

Empty glass bottleNext up is this simple solid glass container. It will come in handy when you need to transport some of your favorite beer. Perfect for outdoor adventures. It is a standard industry growler that includes a poly seal cap and can hold 1/2 gallons (64 Oz) of beer.

The only difference between this and the Amber Howler is the color of the glass. I think this makes it a very cool growler. The clear glass is nice because you will be able to see the color of your beer through the side. However, clear glass is not as protective as dark glass.

A great product to travel around with, make sure to pick up one of these from your local store or by clicking down below.

Pros

  • Refillable
  • Resalable cap
  • 64 Oz
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Clear glass
  • Small handle

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Comparing Different Beer Growlers: What to Look For

a collection of growlers similar to drinktanks

There is no bad growler. If you were thinking this, we’ll address that now. It just depends on how you want to use it. If you’re going to your local bar and want to bring back some of your favorite beer, then I would recommend going with an industry standard bottle.

If you are looking for something that you can share with family and friends than you may want to go with a 2-liter model because they hold slightly more beer and usually comes with a great design. Now you can walk around in style! Just don’t leave your brew in your bottle for a long time due to the carbonation. 

If you’re planning to spend your weekend in the outdoors and want to drink your brew in the day, I would avoid a glass type and pick up a stainless steel insulated growler. They will keep your beer cooler for longer and are lighter than glass. Good food and good beer mixed with the outdoors, you certainly can’t beat that!

For the full list summary of all our top products in 2018, check out our review video below. If you’re still confused about something (or in search of some specific gear), contact us via email. We’ll here to support your brewing ventures. 


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Personally, I love the True Fabrications 2794 Amber Howler Growler. Because I frequent the breweries in my city, I have used it more times than I can count. No one has ever denied to fill it.

Besides bringing beer home, I have also used this product to carry my home brew to events and to my friends’ houses where everyone can enjoy and taste it. 

I do not regret my purchase and have more than got my money’s worth. Try one of these out before making up your mind about growlers.

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