The Best Growlers for a Cold, Frothy Beer
Keep your beer icy and carbonated with these specialized, tight-sealing containers.
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- Best OverallStanley Classic Easy-Pour Vacuum Insulated GrowlerCheck Latest Price
- Upgrade PickGrowlerWerks uKeg Carbonated GrowlerCheck Latest Price
- Best for OutdoorsColeman Insulated Stainless Steel GrowlerCheck Latest Price
Kicking back with a frosty mug of beer after a hectic day is a great way to unwind. You can buy beer in cans or bottles to keep in the fridge, but they don’t really have the same crispness and taste as a beer fresh from the tap. Homebrewers may have their own supply. Luckily for the rest of us, many microbreweries allow customers to purchase beer a half-gallon at a time in an airtight container called a growler, designed to store beer and keep it fresh for up to a month when unopened, and several days once they’re started.
Many beer lovers and makers know that once beer is opened, it begins to lose its crisp flavor, and this can significantly affect its original taste. Originally growlers were glass flasks with cork tops, but their design has evolved over the years with more effective materials and technological advances. Newer growlers include features like double-walled insulation to keep beer colder and fresher for longer, vacuum-seal and screwtops for better pressurization, and alternative materials less likely than glass to crack. Some growlers even use portable CO2 cartridges to repressurize each time they’re opened.
Our Top Picks
We narrowed down the market to bring you recommendations for some of the best growler options available.
BEST OVERALL: Stanley Classic Easy-Pour Vacuum Insulated Growler
The Stanley Classic Vacuum Growler keeps 64 ounces of beer frothy and frosty for 24 hours without additional refrigeration, and if you keep it in the fridge, for up to four days. This is a classic beer growler with an outstanding airtight vacuum seal. The vacuum combines with foam insulation to keep the contents extra cold and prevent air leakage, which causes carbonation loss. The liner and lid are crafted from heavy-duty 18/8 stainless steel for durability and an easy clean: this is one of the few growlers on the market that can be run through the dishwasher without damaging it. A latch on the cap prevents accidental opening and means this growler is packable and leak-free, and a convenient handle makes it easy to carry and pour.
UPGRADE PICK: GrowlerWerks uKeg Carbonated Growler
For the beer connoisseur who values precision with carbonation, this GrowlerWerks model is a worthy option. The uKeg functions as growler in the basic sense, keeping up to 64 ounces of beer cold and frothy. This premium growler also features a carbonation cap powered by a portable CO2 cartridge and measured by a gauge at the bottom of the unit. Users can set their preferred level of carbonation from 0 to 15psi and the GrowlerWerks will take care of the rest, keeping beer at the selected carbonation level for weeks. Double-wall construction keeps the beer cold for longer when not refrigerated and keeps the beer from skunking when consistent refrigeration is difficult. To prevent loss of chill or carbonated pressure when drinking, the GrowlerWerks has a tap at the top to dispense beer directly into the user’s glass. The tap locks for easy transport, so you can have beer in perfect condition at the next party.
BEST FOR OUTDOORS: Coleman Insulated Stainless Steel Growler
The Coleman Insulated Stainless Steel Growler boasts a durable, vacuum insulated and double-walled interior, ideal for taking your brewery-fresh beer to picnics or a campsite. Made by one of the most trusted names in camping equipment, the Coleman uses heavy food-grade stainless steel to line the growler and vacuum seal it, which keeps your beer fresh, cold, and carbonated for up to 76 hours. You can drink directly from the 64-ounce container using the flip-away lid, or if you’re willing to share, the growler’s nonslip coating and ring-shaped handle make it easy to pour. The cap itself is textured, which makes it simple to remove with gloved hands at a tailgate. The Coleman isn’t technical and doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles—this growler simply does its job very, very well.
ALSO CONSIDER: MiiR Insulated Growler
The Thermo 3D double wall system in the MiiR Insulated Growler eliminates condensation as you carry your beer with you. Vacuum insulation will keep your beer cold for at least 24 hours. The MiiR growler is constructed from a medical-grade 18/8 stainless steel, with hard-shell powder coating for a texturized grip and to protect against impact. Available in 32- and 64-ounce sizes, the Miir features a convenient handle for easy carrying and pouring. As an added benefit, MiiR donates a portion of every purchase to trackable charitable products. Buyers receive a code with their growler allowing them to register and see where the funds are directed.