Check the Rules for Beer Growlers in Your Area
You may be surprised, but there are regulations regarding the use of growlers in certain places. For instance, some areas require that you exchange empty growlers for full ones from your chosen breweries. This means you cannot directly use your own growler in these locations.
On the other hand, it is advisable to inquire with your brewery as well. Breweries usually have their own set of rules for growlers. However, there is no need to worry. These regulations are likely not as strict as state laws.
Properly Clean Your Beer Growlers
Remember to clean your growlers as soon as possible. While there are no special cleaning methods required for growlers, it is recommended to clean them promptly to avoid further issues.
In addition, some breweries offer to clean your growler before filling it. Even if you have already cleaned it yourself, it is still beneficial to accept their offer. If a place provides cleaning services, they presumably know how to handle your growler properly.
Correctly Fill Your Beer Growlers
More often than not, you will not be the one filling your own growler. However, that does not mean you have no role in the filling process!
First, whether the establishment offers cleaning services or not, it is ideal to bring in a clean growler. After that, you should also inspect your growler for any defects before handing it over for filling. Lastly, overfilling is not recommended. Therefore, it should come as no surprise if your growler is not filled to the brim!
Treat Beer Growlers Like Beer Bottles and Cans
Although a beer growler may appear more durable than beer bottles and cans, it does not mean you should neglect its protection and the quality of its contents. Firstly, store your beer growler properly. Secondly, avoid subjecting it to extreme temperature changes. Lastly, apply the same care to a beer growler as you would to a beer bottle or can.
Beer Growlers Are Not Magical Containers
As mentioned earlier, the purpose of a beer growler is to hold a specific volume of beer and preserve its quality. However, a beer growler cannot maintain the beer’s quality indefinitely. In other words, there is a time limit. Typically, this ranges from a few days to a week and a half.