Fill up gas. Fill up beer. How convenient.
What a great idea! That’s exactly what the folks behind The Growler Stop are hoping you think as well.
I was at Fifty West Brewing on Thursday and I needed to get some gas before I headed home. So I took a left out of the brewery and then a quick right on Newtown Rd. to hit the Shell station just down the way on the left and low and behold and I’m greeted by a massive wrap around sign on both corners of the building: NEW THEGROWLERSTOP.COM with a sign just below proclaiming LOCAL CRAFT BEER & HOT BRETZELS.
Sold! I was walking in to check this out for sure. Once you walk in there is a sizable display for The Growler Stop that greets you. Obviously, the concept is to provide you with the option to fill up a growler of fresh local craft beer with the added convenience of it being at your local gas station. The one difference though is that the growlers are placed into a chamber. There is some type of vacuum pressure contraption that forces the beer in slowly so there is no spillage and little to no gaps of air which should provide you with the freshest and fullest growler in town. It does take a little longer to fill than a normal growler at a brewery would so I’d recommend that once you start filling your tank that you head in and place your order if you are in a hurry. Those hot bretzels are conveniently and wisely located in a display as you wait for the growler to fill. They look so delicious and warm, buttered with salt that you will not doubt talk yourself into buying at least one if not more.
Right now, the growlers being used are from Jungle Jim’s but soon they will have their own labeled growlers. Unlike breweries where you can bring any growler in and they will fill it up for you, apparently state law for retailers is a little different. You will have to purchase their growler and use that growler for refills. The 64oz growler will cost you $5. I selected Blank Slate Fork In The Road which was $12. So all told, it was $17 and some change but next time, I won’t have to purchase the growler.
They will have room for up to 10 different selections as of now they had 7. There are planning to add fresh Root Beer as a growler option as well. The Growler Stop is located inside the Shell Gas Station at 3804 Church St. next to WagsPark. There is also a BBQ place next door called Just Q’in which would make for a great pairing. Fresh beer and BBQ, yum. This location seems to be really stocking up on their craft beer selection. When I was there a Bud salesman was taking down lots of signage. He didn’t look happy. I almost felt bad for him.
On Thursday, Nov. 7th they had the following selections:
- Triple Digit – Aftermath
- Mt. Carmel – Nut Brown Ale
- Fifty West – 3037
- Rhinegeist – Truth
- Blank Slate – Fork In The Road
- MadTree – Happy Amber
- Rivertown – Winter Ale
I think it’s a great idea. You might pay a dollar or so more than you would at the brewery but you more than make that up in gas and time saved. If this one does well, you are likely to start seeing The Growler Stop pop up at other locations.
So, what do you think? Good idea?