Get Your Growler (or Crowler!) Filled with Beer at These Austin Bars

Before the recently resurrected Celis Brewery released bottles of its famous Celis White, one of the best ways to get our fill of it at home, as a draft-only beer, was through a growler: a 32 or 64 oz. glass, ceramic or stainless steel container just for beer. It was truly a treat to enjoy Austin’s oldest craft beer whenever I pleased.

That’s what a growler (and now the increasingly more popular aluminum crowler) makes possible — being able to have hard-to-get beers not just at the bars where they’re tapped.

In Austin, the magic of the reusable vessel has spread so much that there are now a few bars with a program specifically dedicated to the growler. (It’s worth noting, of course, that many local watering holes, even without the word ‘growler’ in their name, will fill a container for you with the beer of your choice.)

Below, we’ve rounded up a few places with some of the best growler programs in town — as well as some of the notable places where you can find a crowler, that trendy, recyclable alternative that many area brewpubs have turned to in lieu of regularly packaged products.

Growler USA, 609 W. 29th St.

This campus-area pub opened last year with 100 taps and the desire to cultivate more of a coffee shop vibe than a bar atmosphere. The Austin outpost of a growing national franchise, Growler USA also has a hearty menu of comfort food (get the tater tots with beer cheese, whatever you do) and — like Growler Room and the Growler Bar — a collection of branded growlers, including some with college logos (Texas A&M is represented, but OU still sucks).

Read Arianna Auber’s full list in austin360.