CRAFT BEVERAGES

Handmade Delicious Craft Beverages

Satisfy the needs and taste of every occasion with the diverse range of quality hand-crafted beverages offered at Growler USA. Using our best-in-industry beer systems, we offer delicious craft beverages that are a blend of quality and taste.

Whether it’s craft beer, hard cider, kombucha tea, mead or more, we have something for all tastes. Growler USA partners with local and regional microbrews and employs expert beertenders and our True to the Brew™ system to bring you the freshest beverages possible.

Craft Beer

The hallmark of craft beer and craft brewers is innovation. Craft brewers interpret historic styles with unique twists and develop new styles that have no precedent. Craft beer is generally made with…

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The frontrunner of Americas finest hand crafted beverages, today’s craft beers are made with ever-changing innovative ingredients producing beer styles of such variety and flavor – there is certainly a style of beer that will please any taste.

 

A microbrewery or craft brewery is a brewery that produces a small amount of beer. Exact definitions vary and presently, controversy and even lawsuits exist over how to properly classify “microbrews.” (We’d rather stay out of court and in the pub, just so it’s been said.)

Such breweries are generally characterized by their emphasis on quality, flavor and brewing technique.The hallmark of craft beer and craft brewers is innovation. Craft brewers interpret historic styles with unique twists and develop new styles that have no precedent.

Craft beer is generally made with traditional ingredients like malted barley; interesting and sometimes non-traditional ingredients are often added for distinctiveness. Craft brewers have distinctive, individualistic approaches to connecting with the beer drinking community. Craft brewers maintain integrity by what they brew and their general independence, free from a substantial interest by a non-craft brewer.

The craft beer market is exploding! As of January, 2015, the U.S. had more than 4,000 breweries in operation. As of June, 2015, a new microbrewery opens every 14 hours! To illustrate the explosion further, in 1983, there were just 80 breweries in operation in the U.S. Microbrewed beers have enjoyed 17 years of double digit growth in consumption, with 2014 seeing nearly a 35 percent increase in sales, making hand crafted micro brewed beer the fastest growing retail product in the U.S.

The craft beer market is all about quality, freshness and community. Craft beer tastes much better because, unlike some others whose names we won’t mention, craft brewers spend their time focusing on the quality of their beer rather than marketing campaigns and stock prices. Craft brewers put their heart and soul, as well as lots of amazing ingredients into every beer they brew. With the number of breweries in the U.S., each brewing an average of 15 styles of beer, there seems today to be over 60,000 hand crafted beer styles available in the U.S. with no end in sight of where this product growth is going. Now 11 percent of the total beer consumption in the U.S., we predict that in a short time, hand crafted micro beer will take over 25 percent of the nearly $400 Billion annual U.S. beer market.

Growler USA offers a wide selection of beer types and individual styles of the finest local and regional hand crafted micro beers. Our beer styles change daily, offering the beer enthusiast endless opportunities to enjoy the varieties brewed by Americas finest microbreweries.

Not certain which beer style is for you? All Growler USA servers and beertenders are Cicerone® Certified Beer Servers. That means, like a wine sommelier, they are uniquely qualified to make personalized recommendations and guide your experience. Ask for a sample on us!

Hard Cider

An alcoholic beverage made from apples, pears and occasionally quinces originally brought to America by the Pilgrims, cider’s popularity began to slide in the late 1800’s and eventually became almost non-existent in U.S. pubs by the 1950’s. However, the “organic foods” movement in the 1960’s and the recent…

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An alcoholic beverage made from apples, pears and occasionally quinces originally brought to America by the Pilgrims, cider’s popularity began to slide in the late 1800’s and eventually became almost non-existent in U.S. pubs by the 1950’s. However, the “organic foods” movement in the 1960’s and the recent microbrewing explosion have ushered in a new period of tremendous growth for an old favorite. Decades after that near-death experience, cider is making an enormous comeback. Over the last three years, hard cider has enjoyed an average annual increase in consumer consumption of over 80 percent in the U.S. market.

Truly an American Hand Crafted Beverage – cider apples are pulped and squeezed to remove all possible flavors and juice. The juice will have rising ingredients, such as yeast, added to begin the fermentation. The process is conducted at a low temperature, in order to ensure that the flavor profile remains intact. After a certain point in fermentation, the cider is placed in new containers to discard dead yeast and to encourage the creation of fermentation. The resulting brew is slightly fizzy with a definite alcoholic content. As with most liquor, the alcohol level of the drink will depend on the amount of sugar in the ingredients, so sweeter ciders are usually more intoxicating.

Growler USA – America’s Microbrew Pub offers the finest local and regional varieties of Hard Ciders. Ask your server for a free sample (She will say yes.) Taste the history of America’s original and now uber-popular hand crafted hard ciders.

Draft Wine

According to America’s top vintners, tap wine provides the consumer with the ultimate wine experience almost as if they were drinking it right out of the vineyard. Wine by the keg is the latest quality innovation in the wine industry with the key benefit…

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According to America’s top vintners, tap wine provides the consumer with the ultimate wine experience almost as if they were drinking it right out of the vineyard. Wine by the keg is the latest quality innovation in the wine industry with the key benefit ‘freshness’ that equals a richer flavor and unique tasting experience for wine connoisseurs.

“In a standard wine-by-the-glass program, restaurants keep an opened bottle around for hours or days, increasing the threat of oxidation, but that’s not a concern with kegs. By taking the bottle out of the equation, you also eliminate concerns about bottle variation, bottle shock and faulty corks,” according to MaryAnn Worobiec, senior editor of Wine Spectator.

The wine keg eliminates the spoilage caused by oxygen because when wine is withdrawn from a stainless steel keg, it is replaced by an inert gas, such as nitrogen. Oxygen does not come in contact with the wine, extending its “life” from a matter of hours to as much as six months. In a properly sealed keg, even when tapped repeatedly over three months, the last ounce of wine tastes as fresh as the first. Not damaged by the oxidation in a standard wine-from-a-bottle program, Growler USA offers you the finest and freshest wines produced in America!

Draft wines have an eco-advantage, too. By-the-glass orders account for as much as 80 percent of the wine sold in restaurants, upward of 600 million bottles a year. If just five percent of by-the-glass wines came from a keg (one holds 26 bottles’ worth), it would keep over 30 million bottles out of landfills.

Kombucha Tea

A fermented (non-alcoholic) drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast and infused with a variety of ingredients such as fruits and berries, Kombucha is as refreshing as it is good for you. Kombucha tea is made by adding…

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A fermented (non-alcoholic) drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast and infused with a variety of ingredients such as fruits and berries, Kombucha is as refreshing as it is good for you. Kombucha tea is made by adding a colony of bacteria and yeast to sugar and tea, and allowing the mix to ferment.

As a major part of the hand crafted organic beverages category this non-alcoholic drink has enjoyed a surge of popularity for a many years now, due in part to its health benefits and probiotics, but mainly it’s refreshing variety of flavors.

Kombucha tea is made by fermenting sweetened black tea with a flat, pancake-like culture of yeasts and bacteria called the “Kombucha mushroom.” It is not actually a mushroom, but is called one because of the shape and color of the foam that forms on top of the tea after it ferments. It is thought that Kombucha originated in Asia during the Chinese Tsin dynasty in 212 BC. This Eastern Tea was referred to as the Remedy for Immortality or the Tea of Immortality. It soon spread soon to India and Russia through travelers and traders. Kombucha resurfaced in Japan after people found this fermented tea drink responsible for their astonishing health, longevity and well-being. Today the tea – once routinely used by Samurai – is enjoyed worldwide.

Growler USA customers don’t drink Kombucha for the just the health benefits – They drink it for the taste! Served by the pint out of kegs on tap, a refreshing glass of Kombucha can be just “thing” to give you that special boost from the healthy probiotics.

Cold Pressed Coffee

Taste the difference in our cold-pressed coffee. Sweeter! Smoother! Better! Cold pressed coffee naturally seems sweeter due to its…

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Taste the difference in our cold-pressed coffee. Sweeter! Smoother! Better! Cold pressed coffee naturally seems sweeter due to its lower acidity. Because the coffee beans in cold-press coffee never come into contact with heated water, the process of pulling flavor from the beans produces a different, more robust flavor profile than conventional brewing methods.

Famed for dropping jaws and teasing appetites, this is the legendary method that boasts a brew time between two and 24 hours — and sometimes longer. Why would you want coffee from a tap? It’s all about the oxygen… Oxygen quickly trashes the fine flavors and aromas found in any good coffee. Let your coffee sit in an open pot for just a short while and the bitterness and acidity can become overwhelming. But, cold pressed coffee on tap has never touched the air until it is poured into your cup – protecting that famous smooth, sweet taste of cold pressed coffee.

Mead

Honey wine! The ancestor of all fermented drinks! Enjoy the hearty, yet sweet taste of the ancients! Carefully hand crafted by using…

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Honey wine! The ancestor of all fermented drinks! Enjoy the hearty, yet sweet taste of the ancients! Carefully hand crafted by using age-old winemaking techniques and substituting honey for grapes, our selection of Meads at Growler USA represent some of the finest available.

Mead is quite possibly the oldest alcoholic drink in history and may have been accidentally discovered when old tree stumps serving as homes for honey bees were flooded during the rains and the fermentation process took place naturally. The earliest surviving description of mead is in the Vedic religion and (later) Hinduism dated around 1700–1100 BC. It went on to become the preferred drink in the Mediterranean during the Age of Gold. In fact, the word “drunk” in classical Greek translates to “intoxicated with honey.” Honey itself has been held as a sacred food for thousands of years; interestingly, it’s the only food found in nature that never spoils!

Mead can be enjoyed in a variety of ways – chilled, iced, at room temperature, or warmed. These variations change the flavor, mouth feel, and personality of the mead. Meads can pair well with fish, meats, vegetarian meals, cheeses, and desserts. There is a shared excitement among fellow mead consumers that makes it a community of its own.

Taste history! Try Mead.