Best Beer Growlers for Camping

Few things are better than opening a draught-quality craft beer when you’re under the stars, miles from civilization. Here are out best beer growlers for camping:

MiiR Stainless Steel Insulated Growler Bottle, 64-Ounce

Quick Facts

  • Double insulated
  • Weight: 2lbs
  • Can keep beer cold for 24 hours
  • One of best camping growlers on market
  • Proceeds go towards good causes

Fast Review

The Miir Stanless Steel Insulated Growler Bottle is not just any homebrew glass or craft beer growler. This is beergrowler.net’s go-to growler for outdoor pursuits like camping or fishing. It is reliable, lightweight and keeps your beer cool – the ultimate refreshment after a long day’s walking.

Full Review 

The Miir Stanless Steel Insulated Growler Bottle  is one of the most functionally useful growlers on the market today, combining a robust design while keeping the weight down in order to make this one of the strongest contenders for your ‘fancy’ growler choice.

At 2lbs unfilled, it is one of the lighter growlers you can buy. It doesn’t come with the bells and whistles of some other stainless steel growlers, but that makes it feel much more rugged and less delicate – essential for when you’re pushing through a forrest trying to find a good clearing for your tent.

The growler is double walled, meaning no condensation on the outside of your container and that means it won’t get your beer all skunked if you leave it out in the sun (within a reasonable time anyway. We’d suggest a max of an hour in direct sunlight.)

The lid is a clamp-style system, which Miir says keeps cold things cold for more than a day and hot things hot for more than eight hours.  Remember, you’ll want to take this thing camping so a brew of coffee first thing in the morning after drinking four pints of beer might be a good shout.

That being said, we at beergrowler.net prefer screw lids. Yes, they are more fiddly and have an annoying habit of getting lost, but we find they tend to keep carbonation where it should be – in your beer. Not everyone agrees, but that’s out experience from years of beer growler experience.

The growler is stamped at the bottom with the government verbiage, so you don’t need to buy a sticker to get it filled up legally in some states.

It comes in black, silver and baby (sky?) blue.

As an added perk, the company gives some of its proceeds to a good cause. In its own words:

“Miir invests proceeds from every growler to provide one person in need with access to clean water. To prove their impact they include a coded bracelet that unveils GPS coordinates and photos of the well project you help build.”

We highly recommend this growler. It’s not a day-to-day one, but its robust design makes it absolutely perfect for taking your craft beer or real ale with you outdoors.

It’s around US$50 on Amazon now depending on the color you want, which for something of this build, seems cheap at twice the price.

Get it here.

Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Water Bottle and Beer Growler

Quick facts

  • Double wall vacuum insulation keeps beer and water cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 6 hours
  • Premium grade 18/8 Stainless Steel BPA free Water Bottle and Beer Growler
  • Colorful powder-coated matte finish exterior that never sweats
  • Lifetime Warranty

Fast review

The Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Water Bottle and Beer Growler is a fantastic growler for taking to the great outdoors with you. It comes in bright colors, which makes finding it in dim light much easier, and has plenty of bells and whistles to make this one of the best beer growlers for camping on the market.

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The Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Water Bottle and Beer Growler has a lot going for it that makes it one of the best beer growlers for camping, fishing and hiking.

The dual insulation keeps liquids cold for 24 hours, which is perfect for when you’re schlepping through the woods trying to find a place to pitch a tent. The last thing you want to do is get somewhere perfect and then have to drink warm craft beer.

The Hydro Flask growler weighs 1.8lbs, which is slightly less than beergrowler.net’s go to camping beer growler, the Miir Stanless Steel Insulated Growler Bottle  (read the review for that here). This is a positive, as anything that weighs less is far easier to lug around the wilderness, but the 0.2lbs isn’t a game changer for us.

Unlike the Miir effort, the Hydro Flask doesn’t come stamped with the government verbiage needed to rock up to any beer growler filling station in the land, so you’ll need a sticker like this if you want to get this over the Miir.

The bottle comes with a screw top. Some people say these let out carbonation more than flip tops, but we at beergrowler.net disagree – if the construction is robust, as it is with the Hydro Flask, then the lid will be fine.

The main issue with do have with non-flip tops is they’re so easy to lose!

At a little under US$50, its cheaper than the Miir beer growler, but we prefer the Miir, if only for the lid.

Get it here.

DrinkTanks Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Beer Growler, 64 oz

Quick Facts

  • Double insulated
  • Flip cap (beergrowler.net’s preferred lid type)
  • Wide range of colors
  • Government warning sticker included (though not attached to growler)

Fast Review

Another top-quality contender in the competitive best beer growler for camping market, the DrinkTanks Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Beer Growler has plenty going for it that should make it a serious consideration when buying a growler for fishing, camping or exploring the great outdoors.

Full Review

The DrinkTanks Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Beer Growler is a very solid addition to any outdoorsman’s gear. It’s robust design means you can head off into the wild without worrying about your craft beer or real ale leaking from the beer growler.

The craft beer container is double insulated, which is pretty much the go-to with camping growlers as you’re far more likely to be walking or outside and away from luxuries like a fridge for extended periods of time.  The double insulated beer growler will keep your drink cool for up to a day, as is standard among the high end camping craft beer container crowd.

Here’s a nifty little info graphic from DrinkTanks.

The growler has a flip cap lid. We at beergrowler.net have written plenty of times before why we prefer these to a screw top – it mainly boils down to reducing the chances that drunken real ale drinkers like us have less of a chance of losing it after enjoying a tipple.

The growler comes in a variety of colors – and we do mean a variety. There are 16 available at the time of writing, ranging from gloss raspberry to our definite favourite growler color gunmetal.

DrinkTank’s beer growlers all come with a sticker under the cap with the government verbiage on them. It’s up to you to decide where you want to plunk it. DrinkTank says you can even keep the sticker in your wallet to show to breweries when you go to fill up.

While this might be technically legal, we are beergrowler.net reckon there is a high chance you might run into a brewer who would rather not take the chance because they’ve always seen it on the growler before, so we’d recommend being prepared to slap it on your growler.

DrinkTanks also sells a great little accessory kit, which you can attach to the top of your craft beer growler to turn it into a mini-keg. This definitely ups the wow factor for us, and will have you as the hero of a trip out to the wilderness for sure.

The main comparables for this growler are similar offerings from Miir and Hydro Flask, both of which are cheaper. They perhaps don’t feel quite as robust as DrinkTank’s in design – though in truth there is very little to distinguish them beside the colors on offer.

DrinkTank’s growler costs around US$69, depending on what color you go for. Grab it here.