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.

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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.

 

Three reasons you should start homebrewing today

There is nothing more satisfying to put in your brand new beer growler than some of your freshly made homebrew. Here are three great reasons you should start your craft beer or real ale homebrewing adventure today.

 

1. It’s super easy to get going

Homebrewing still conjures up images of horrible bathtubs and gin that makes people blind when they drink it – or it creates a mental picture of copper tubes and pipes that would look more at home in a science lab than your garage.

But homebrewing has got far more accessible in recent years, and now that you already have one perfect container to put your fresh brew in (in the shape of your beer growler), there are fewer excuses than ever to give it a try.

You can pick up a decent homebrew kit from Amazon for less than US$100, like the Gold Homebrew Kit from Monster Brew (pictured).

This kit will make you around six gallons of beer with very little skill of technical expertise needed. A perfect starter spot for anyone with an interest in brewing their own beers.

 

2. Save a bucketload of money

In most states in the US, you’re legally allowed to brew up to 100 gallons of beer (and wine if that takes your fancy) per adult in your home as long as you don’t sell it.

There’s a maximum of 200 gallons, so don’t go over that.

To give you an idea of what this means, you could fill the massive Euro Growler glass 455 times before you legally had to stop.

If you shop around and get a good set with enough containers, you can make yourself a growler of beer for less than a dollar. Bottoms up!

 

3. You know exactly what’s going in

You’ve just spent good money on your beer growler, and you want it to store only the best beer made from the finest ingredients. Microbreweries will take as much pride in their product as you do, but the larger beer chains might be less inclined to care about your perfectly maintained cannonball shaped ceramic growler.

Making your own beer cuts all that out. You can be in charge of exactly what goes in and how much. No nitrates, no preservatives, just delicious beer.

Why you need to consider a Stainless Steel vs Glass Beer Growler

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The dizzying array of beer growlers out there can make it tough to work out what one is best for you.

Here we look at the benefits of a stainless steel beer growler over its glass counterpart.

Stainless steel

pros

  • Durable
  • Generally easier to clean
  • Easier to find with fancy gadgets already attached

Cons

  • Can feel a bit delicate in hand
  • Not the best at maintaining temperature

 

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Stainless steel is nothing new in the beer growler world, but it has a distinctly unorthodox feel to it. It just doesn’t quite chime with what the traditional mental image of a growler is (generally speaking, a big bottle with XXX emblazoned across the front).

That being said, stainless steel rigs offer things that glass just can’t. Steel doesn’t shatter, so if you’re transporting your beer by bike – to a picnic, say – then the added comfort that comes with knowing you won’t be covered in glass if you come off is nice.

Stainless steel beer growlers are better placed to take extra gadgets and gizmos too, like built in C02 taps which effectively turns it into a mini-keg. Awesome for tailgating and BBQs.

On the other hand, stainless steel is generally not particularly good at maintaining the temperature of your fluid. This is fine for real ales, which are generally drunk at room temp, but for craft beers this can be a disaster.

There are some which have insulation to keep the temperature more constant, though expect to pay up for that.

Glass

pros

  • Good, solid feel in hand
  • Maintains temperature well

Cons

  • Shattered glass is far from the best
  • Bulky and heavy

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Glass has a much more classic feel to it. Something that helps this is how heavy many glass beer growlers are. This is due to many glass rigs being manufactured to be half an inch thick in some cases to add to the opaqueness of the glass (and prevent your beer from catching too much sun) and to give the container durability.

The downside of this, of course, is weight. Glass beer growlers are not optimal if you’re planning on hiking all day and then camping out with some fresh brews.

Glass also shatters, which is far from the best. Worth remembering if you’re buying the growler for bike rides. The thick glass also generally means thin necks too, which can make cleaning them a pain.

Conclusion

As with most things beer growler, it comes down to what you’re using it for. Planning on getting something to hold your ale in the boot of your car during a tailgate? Glass if your material.

Want something you can port around town on a bike and will drink from fairly quickly? Stainless steel is your man.

 

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