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.

 

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.

 

What do you think? do you agree with us? Let us know below.

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