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Crowlers versus Growlers & Where to Find Them in SD County

Environmentally minded beverage consumers are more likely to purr than growl (get it?) at the thought of recyclable and reusable containers.

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JuneShine offers draft hard kombucha by the growler.

In the craft beer industry, 64-ounce growlers are increasingly being phased out in favor of 32-ounce aluminum crowlers, while other segments of the beverage industry remain heavily reliant on growlers.

There are pros and cons to both environmentally-friendly options.

Growlers can be refilled, while crowlers are single-use. But crowlers have improved light resistance, are recyclable,  and are much easier to finish before going flat.

Due to their size and bulk, growlers are also more expensive upfront and can’t be used in places where glass is prohibited.

When you seek an off-premise drinking option, there are plenty of places in San Diego that offer one or both, so you can test both options and decide for yourself.

For crowlers, try Culture Brewing Solana Beach, Kairoa Brewing Company in University Heights, Bagby Beer Company in Oceanside, or Serpentine Cider in Miramar.

Growlers are still offered by most breweries, but are especially favored by places like JuneShine in North Park (hard kombucha) and by farmers’ market vendors like GreenFix Organic Smoothie.

Fun Fact: Environmentally minded beverage consumers are more likely to purr than growl at the thought of recyclable and reusable containers. But growlers actually got their name from the sloshing sound the liquid makes in transport, which, as it turns out, is a pretty close mimic.

Bagby Beer Company in Oceanside offers crowlers.

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Maria Hesse
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