Growlers are a convenient way to take home craft draught beers from your local brewery. But the standard half-gallon glass bottles suffer two significant drawbacks: glass jugs can break and their design doesn’t keep the beer cold or fresh very long. The 64-ounce Hydro Flask Insulated Growler solves both problems thanks to its double-wall, stainless-steel construction.
The company says its growler will keep liquids cold for up to 24 hours (and your hot drinks for 12). We don’t have that kind of patience, but recently put the vessel to the test on a sunny, summer day to wrap up a vacation in the Adirondack Mountains. After a noontime fill-up at the Paradox Brewery in Schroon Lake, NY, we left the growler out on a kitchen counter all day and, later, in a hot car as we traveled back to New York City. When the trip was over a full 12 hours after hitting the brewery, we cracked the growler open expecting to find warm, flat beer. But the IPA was as crisp and cold as the minute it came out of the tap 250 miles away.