REVIEW: Personalized Amber Beer Growler

Quick Facts

  • Personalised for free
  • Cheap and (sort of) cheerful
  • External screw cap
  • 64oz

Fast Review

This budget beer growler feels cheap, no doubt about it, but it does have the added advantage of being free to personalise with two lines of whatever you want – making it a good cheap beer growler gift for groomsmen and the like.

 

Full Review

The Personalized Amber Beer Growler looks and feels cheap. This is not necessarily a negative. Sure, it doesn’t come with the bells and whistles of other growlers, or even a cool shape, and the handle is a bit too small to get a full fastball grip on it, but at US$19, what more can you expect.

Well, more than an external screw cap, but that’s just us. The cap on this won’t keep in carbonation, so your beer will go flat quickly, if it retains any fizz at all.

The glass also leaves your craft beer or real ale open to being skunked.

That being said this is only a US$19 beer growler, making it very much a budget growler that can be used as a groomsman gift.

The company behind the growler even personalises up to two lines for free.

But if you want this for any reason other than a cheap, easy and manly gift, we can’t honestly recommend it.

 

REVIEW: PROKEG – Stainless Steel Beer Growler 64oz 2L Flip Top

Quick Facts:

  • Stainless steel
  • Single insulated – so keep in the fridge
  • Flip top
  • 1.2lbs shipping weight

 

Fast Review:

The PROKEG – Stainless Steel Beer Growler 64oz is certainly on the cheap and cheerful end of the growler spectrum. But if you don’t mind keeping it in the fridge, this might be the perfect container for your craft beer.

 

Full Review:

This cheap beer growler probably won’t win any awards here at beergrowler.net, but it is capable of keeping your draught beer safe until you want to drink it and at a fraction of the cost of some of the more expensive growlers on the market.

The single insulation is our problem with this growler, as it exposes your precious craft beer to greater fluctuations in temperature, meaning you will end up with skunked warm beer if you leave it sitting in the sun for any length of time.

If you’re planning on taking your growler somewhere far from a hand refrigerator, check out our super handy guide to the best beer growlers for camping.

The things the PROKEG growler does have going for it are the flip top, which we at beergrowler.net are fans of over screw tops because they’re harder to lose  (though we find freshness of beer to be roughly the same regardless which top you use).

 

The other big upside is that this is a cheap beer growler, no doubt about it. Coming in at under US$20 means this is a nice entry into the world of beer growlers (come on in, the beer tastes delicious!) or it could make a perfect cheap beer growler gift for someone you like, but don’t like enough to splash out a hundred bucks on.

In conclusion, we can say this beer growler will do the job it’s meant to do, though very little more. Do not get this is you’re planning on taking your growler camping, fishing or anything outdoors-y. You’ll just end up with rank beer.

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.

Full Review

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.

REVIEW: 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.

REVIEW: 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.

Full Review

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.

REVIEW: 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.

REVIEW: Stone Brewing Co. Swing Top 2 Liter Beer Growler

Quick facts

  • Made of glass
  • 2 litre (67oz) capacity
  • Comes with government spiel – no stickers needed
  • Classic old-timey growler look

Fast review

The official Stone Brewing Co. Swing Top 2 liter beer growler  ticks a lot of boxes. It is on the larger size, though at around 10 inches tall will still fit under a tap if it’s tilted. It has the government verbiage printed on it, meaning you can walk into any US growler-friendly bar right out the box. It has a classic old-time look that harks back to memories of warm summers and boozy nights.

 

 

Full Review

This growler is a real peach. It’s big 2 liter size means you can cram a decent amount of craft beer in there, making it perfect to have for a solid weekend session or BBQ.

The circular handle is wide enough to get a good grip in the neck – something that some manufacturers seem to forget is important despite these things typically weighing the same as a small sedan by the time they’re full.

Like all glass growlers, this one comes in at the heavy side at just over 8lbs empty, so you’ll be glad you can wrap your fingers around this growler’s throat properly.

The cap is made up of ceramic and rubber. We like these almost as much as screw tops, but feel that your precious craft beer bubbles will be better preserved if you get a screw top over a flip cap. But this can be safely ignored if you’re planning on buying your craft beer and drinking it within the next few days as it really won’t make too much of a difference.

The benefit of a flip cap over a screw is, of course, you won’t lose the flip cap. Depends how much you trust yourself to put things back where they belong after you’ve drunk 2 liters of 8% beer.  (We don’t trust ourselves one bit).

Real ale would find a good place in this growler, as it there would be no worries about carbonation wearing off.

Stone Brewing Co. have gone back to the old days with the design of this growler, and it has a very pleasing aesthetic that reminds us of warm summer days and relaxing with friends at picnics. It won’t get huge gasps like some of the other more fancy growlers available to buy now, but it comes with its own sense of self assured confidence in design. This is not a beer growler that needs the bell and whistles.

At US$23.99, we’d say this is well worth investing in.

One important notice: this same growler is available on Amazon for US$23.99 and US$75, so make sure you click this link to go through to the right one.

That is, unless you like paying fifty bucks more than you need to?

Here’s the link for the US$23.99 one again, just to be sure.

 

REVIEW: Asobu Coolest Stainless Steel Beer Growler 2 Go

Quick facts

  • Stainless steel
  • Single walled
  • 64oz
  • Weighs a chunky 15.2oz
  • Cheap and cheerful feel

 

Fast review

This stainless steel container is a cheap and cheerful beer growler for sale that is a step up from a brown glass bottle and looks kinda-interesting, but left us wishing we had a better quality growler in our hands.

 

 

Full Review

This stainless steel 64 ounce beer growler from Asobu is a mixed blessing. At the price, it is cheap enough for someone to take their first punt into the world of the best practice for their craft beers, but at the same time, we’re worried it is such a flimsy design that it might put someone off beer growlers full time if they do buy one.

The construction is functional, though there are reports of it leaking around the web. We did not see any evidence of that in our trial run, so take that info however you will.

In fairness to the company behind it, they do say in their marketing speil that it is good for the ‘novice beer drinker’ which is not a stance most beer growler manufacturers take – they want their creations to go to craft beer and real ale connoisseurs.

It is easy to clean, with a lid that feel robust enough that it won’t snap off after a few uses.

The Asobu 64oz comes in three colours; copper, midnight black and stainless steel.

 

That’s all it’s really got going for it, in terms of looks. You can pick up cannon ball shaped growlers and steampunk mini-keg growlers. This just doesn’t have the razamatazz to compete on looks.

Where it does come into its own is price. At under US$25, it’s one of the cheapest beer growlers out there.

Have you bought an Asobu? Do you absolutely love it? Let us know below.

 

REVIEW: Ceramic Stoneware Weatherworn Cannonball Beer Growler

Quick facts

  • Ceramic and stoneware growler
  • Weight: 3.5lbs
  • Size: 64oz
  • It looks like a cannonball!

 

Fast review

The Terracotta Republic 64oz ceramic and stoneware growler is one of the most standout beer growlers on the market. Prepare to be the centre of conversation when you whip this awesome beast out on a fishing trip or camping.

 

 

Full Review

Before we can go into any specs, we have to get something out of the way – just look at this cannonball shaped beer growler beauty!

Now that’s out of our systems, lets talk about the important things. The Terracotta Republic 64oz growler is made of ceramic, which is a nice balance between stainless steel and glass in keeping your brew cold, just as the best tasting beer is meant to be.

The makers are big on proclaiming it as ‘American Made’ if that is important to you.

The lid fastening uses a ball-cam lever with an offset axis of rotation that the makers claim converts circular motion into a downward linear force. When the lever is rotated into the socket on top of the cap, it presses the cap firmly down against an extra thick FDA approved silicone gasket, making an air-tight seal.

That all sounds might fancy, but we had to know – does it work?

The answer is a resounding yes.

You can trust this growler to keep your beer carbonated and cool.

The aesthetics of this beer growler almost speak for themselves. It really is as cool as it looks. Pouring your pals a beer out of it is certain to get a cheer and plenty of questions. You will feel like a pirate pouring you favorite beer from it, and that is a moment of wonder that can rarely be duplicated elsewhere in adult life.

At 3.5lbs empty, it is a nice weight that isn’t so light it feels flimsy, while it isn’t so heavy you need a backpack to get it to the BBQ. It will also fit nicely in a fridge or coolbag.

Grab it on Amazon now for US$69.


REVIEW: Euro Growler 2 Liter Growler with Metal Handle – Amber

Quick facts

  • Glass growler
  • Two litre
  • Shipping weight: 4.8lbs

 

Fast Review

The Euro Growler 2 liter growler with metal handle is a big, chunky growler. It’s the sort of thing you can imagine having XXX printed across the front of it as someone sits and drinks it on their rocking chair. That being said, it is at the cheaper end of the price scale, though you have to measure up whether you are happy with a glass container.

 

 

Full Review

Euro Growler’s two litre bad boy will give even the most hardy beer drinker biceps of steel once this thing is filled up. It’s up to you to decide if that’s a good thing – for us we thought it was cool as hell.

This growler comes in at the low-tech end of the spectrum, hence the lower price, but it still has plenty of features that set this apart from drinking beer from a regular brown bottle or – blurgh! – a can.

The cap is made of ceramic with a rubber stopper, encased in metal. This gives it a good solid feel that can sometimes get missed when producers go down the only-metal route.

The metal handle is sturdy, despite the weight of the full item, so pouring it is not an issue.

Standing at around a foot tall and made from thick glass means this growler is not one for the fridge, and good luck finding a cooler to fit it.

Glass is worse at keeping beer cold than other materials like stainless steel, so we would recommend this as one for the real ale drinkers out there.

Get it Amazon now for US$32.99