The 12 Best Beer Growlers

May 13, 2020

Category: Gear

As any good beer drinker will tell you: it is truly not about the vessel; it is about the liquid contents. And while that is true at initial pour, that argument hardly holds merit out on the open road as we have all come to know that a trusty beer growler can make the difference between a flat bust and a foamy must.

Though any bucket that doesn’t leak can be suitable for carrying your frosty favorites, there has been a slew of innovations in the drinkware scene over the past decade that have made their way into the ale arena. From ultra-insulated canteens that will keep your top tier brews cold for days and days, to pressurized mini-kegs that keep a chokehold on their precious contents, delivering a draft-esque experience at home with little effort. We’ve picked our favorite 64-ounce growlers and divided them into non-pressurized and pressurized categories, so you can get a taste of what these offerings are serving up.

Photo: Miir Vacuum Insulated Growler

Non-Pressurized Growlers

Portable Pitchers

The key to enjoying the best beer is to get it directly from the source, and the best way to not ruin that investment is with an insulated growler. Your local brewery will have a selection of growlers available, but usually, you’ll find the old-school single-wall brown glass jugs marked with their flashiest logo. Instead, step up your game to a better-insulated pitcher that will keep your beer tastier, longer. If the base model doesn’t suit your needs, check out these choice non-pressurized growlers that will provide dependable service, fill after fill, pint after pint.

Coleman Insulated Stainless Steel Growler

Whether you are out in the backwoods or just hanging out in the backyard, an important quality to look for in a growler is that it is built to take a beating because chances are, there is going to be the potential for rough activity during the consumption of that vessel’s contents. Sticking to their heritage of well-built outdoor gear while adding some modern accents, the Coleman Insulated Stainless Steel Growler is durably constructed and classically styled to match your outdoor gear collection, while keeping your suds frosty for up to 76 hours. The double-wall vacuum-insulated 18/8 food-grade stainless steel jug is textured for better grip and the bolt-on BPA-free cap stays permanently attached to the handle, so you’ll neer have to worry about losing your lid on the trail.

Purchase: $30

S’well Roamer

While it can be hard to imagine a tech-imbued bottle, there is nothing to say that keeping your brew chilly isn’t worth some investment from the scientific process. While setting out to rid the world of single-use plastic water containers, S’well also threw down some heavy industrial design chops with their Therma-S’well Technology triple-layer vacuum-insulation technology, giving the Roamer growler the ability to keep your foamy favorites cool for up to 81 hours, making this far-and-away the best-insulated pick on the list. Available in a dozen color and pattern variants, this design-oriented pitcher will surely impress anyone pulling the tap to fill-er-up.

Purchase: $54+

Stanley Classic Easy-Pour Growler

Maintaining a balance between having a classic look and having a reliable product can be tough, as they just don’t make them like they used to, and those that they used to make don’t really perform to a modern standard. But when it’s a product that has been built the right way for over 100 years, you get a wonderful combination of style and servitude, as in the Stanley Classic Easy-Pour Growler. Keeping in line with the aesthetic of their legendarily dad-approved vacuum insulated bottles, the Hammertone Green container is built from 18/8 food-grade stainless steel with a leakproof, BPA-free lid, same as in the rest of their classic line of drinkware. The large handle makes toting the jug from the truck to the fill station a minimal chore, and the dishwasher safe certification guarantees you’ll never fight mold during storage.

Purchase: $55

Miir Vacuum Insulated Growler

Making improvements on everyday objects is a keystone goal in design, though it can be very difficult to reinvent a better mousetrap. While not completely filliping the world on its head, Miir does regularly step up to the plate in rethinking the norms for drinkware, and their Vacuum Insulated Growler is a fresh take on the classic pitcher silhouette. Starting with a threadless flip-top lid that seals in both liquid and precious carbonation, the Thermo 3D double-wall vacuum-insulated jug is a polished 18/8 food-grade stainless steel or can be finished with a Hardshell powder coat for added protection. Grabbing one of these growlers also does some good for the world, as Miir is not only a Certified B-Corp, they also allow you to track charitable contributions made in the result of each purchase with a unique Give Code on the bottom of each vessel.

Purchase: $55

Orange Vessels Stoneware Growler

If you are feeling off-put by the stark, cold appearance of metal growlers, and would be looking for a more natural connection to your brew, there are still options for those in need of jug to match their aura. Poured by hand in Ohio, the Orange Vessels Stoneware Growler is a slip-cast ceramic jug with a well-balanced look that is complemented by a matte or gloss glaze available is many vibrant hues. Using a 3D-printer to refine the overall shape and fine ergonomic details of the bottle may skew from standard practice in the ceramic studio, but the final result is a highly engineered growler that can easily be lifted with just two fingers. Capped with a classic style flip-top, this is one of those pieces of kitchenware that is worthy of display – obviously not when filled with your ale of choice.

Purchase: $62

Hydro Flask 64oz Growler

Being the first one to the party isn’t always the choicest move – unless you’re the one with the freshly filled carafe of microbrew, then maybe getting a headstart on the festivities isn’t such a bad idea. Having the gut instinct that there had to be a better way to keep beer cold and delicious for longer, Hydro Flask essentially bucked the trend of non-insulated single-walled brown glass beer jugs with the introduction of the first stainless steel growler on the market, their 64oz Growler. Taking the concept that colder, fresher beer can be achieved by a superior bottle, the Hydro Flask Growler is TempShield double-wall vacuum insulation and topped off with the proprietary Fresh Carry system that uses a honeycomb insulation design, ensuring every pour from the longneck jug will result in tap-fresh tastes.

Purchase: $65

Photo: GrowlerWerks uKeg Copper

Pressurized Growlers

Regulated Rigs

Ready to step your game up? If you are in need of longer storage, better flavor, and objectively a higher quality experience, than break on through to the other side and pump yourself up with a pressurized growler. These units utilize CO2 cartridges after the growler is filled by your local microbrewery, giving a heady pour days after the suds hit the tank. If enjoying your beer the way it was meant to be, then check out these pick for a pressurized growler that will help you make your selection and get tapped-out.

Craft Master Growlers Growlveller

Taking your beer on-the-go is a sure-fire way to ratchet up any outdoor activity. From softball games to trips to the fishing hole, adding a frosty foamed beverage as a companion can make for extra fun times, and the Craft Master Growlers Growlveller is the perfect pressurized vessel for pouring heady brews out in the wild. This food-grade 304 stainless steel long-neck bottle utilizes the Craft Master C02 regulator cap to keep a lid on things, which is a system that includes a PSI gauge, regulator, safety valve, and zipper tab pressure release. After you fill this growler with the delicious brew of your choice, pressurize the Growlveller with the provided CO2 cartridges, then gather your friends to dispense their pints from the hose and picnic tap to enjoy some kegger style suds.

Purchase: $50

BACOENG Pressurized Keg Growler

Sure, when selecting your pressurized growler, any old jug can walk the walk, but can it actually schlock the Bock? Well, when a company that specializes in industrial pumps and valves sets their sights on producing a beer dispensing device, as any respectable firm would, you end up with the BACOENG Pressurized Keg Growler, a true engineer’s rig. With a familiar keg style appearance, this unit is far from mundane – the dual-stage CO2 regulator provides a refined pour while being safer, easier to use, and more efficient than a single-stage operation, potentially saving 35% of your CO2 consumption. Created to be easy to assemble, disassemble, and clean, the drafthouse style pours from this mini-keg style growler will have you looking forward to each refill.

Purchase: $89

GrowlerWerks uKeg Go

While the aluminum can arguably be the undisputed 12oz. Champion of the Portable Beer World, where does that leave those looking to bring hoppy goodness with them when venturing abroad? Looking to fill that gap in the larger-than-pint segment, the GrowlerWerks uKeg Go is a transportable, pressurized pitcher that has been optimized for a life on the road. The innovative inline Automatic Carbonation cap automatically dispenses CO2 for an effortless process neither high- or low-pressure settings, and the locking tap makes sure that no precious drops are wasted while on the move. Streamlined features like the rubberized footing and neck provide extra grip where needed, making the double-wall vacuum-insulated a go-to pick for anyone looking to bring their craft-brew favorites along for the journey.

Purchase: $99

DrinkTanks Travel Keg

The common theme of this guide is that bringing beer out with you can be a great idea – while we do not recommend mixing drinks with every activity, the responsible addition of some craft brew out in the world can be a great thing. Pressurized growlers are a great way to enjoy a bar-fresh beer from the comfort of your own campsite, and the DrinkTanks Travel Keg will make sure that your choice hoppy drafts pour as they were intended to, providing maximum enjoyment of these whistle-wetters. Holding beer cold for at least 45 hours, as in similar DrinkTank vessels, the Travel Keg holds up to 60 psi of pressure provided by included CO2 cartridges.

Purchase: $120

NutriChef Mini Keg Growler

We have all experienced old, stinky, flat beer at one point or another in our time behind the pint glass, and after a more refined pallet has been defined, it is truly a bad-time whenever a storied ale has been diminished by oxidation. As not all brews should be consumed in one sitting, it is always nice to have a way to actually cap-off an opened beer, and the NutriChef Mini Keg Growler is designed to help store your growler’s contents for up to three months. Hardware that is detachable under pressure allows for the contents of the mini-keg to never come in contact with outside air – which is the cause of flattening and poor effects to taste. Once your local tap-room fills this growler, prepare yourself for the long haul of your favorite hop flavors.

Purchase: $140

GrowlerWerks uKeg Copper

If you are looking for a way to make a great impression on your guests before the real impact is made when they savor the fine taste you have with the beer on tap, don’t feel the pressure to pour from fancy bottled beers. Instead, grab the GrowlerWerks uKeg Copper and head down to your local microbreweries tap-room to fill it up with your favorite before heading home to wow your friends… or maybe just a roommate. The beautiful designer looking double-wall vacuum-insulated stainless steel vessel is copper coated for an unmistakable look, and the integrated pressure gauge and Sight Glass fill level indicator make sure that every pint is as good as the first, while the interchangeable tap handle allows you to post the growler contents just like the pros.

Purchase: $150

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