Five growler-free ways to get fresh Colorado craft beer to go
Just because you walk out the door of your favorite brewery doesn't mean you can't take the good times with you. The majority of Colorado's craft brewers sell growlers -- 64-ounce brown glass bottles, for the most part, topped with a screw-off cap. Most will sell you the vessel for anywhere from $5 to $10, which you can then bring back for a fill, usually around $8 to $18, depending on the beer. But as great as growlers are, most don't keep beer fresh for very long. In fact, those screw-top caps mean your beer will likely be flat within a day or so.
An old-school growler.
And because of their shape, growlers are unwieldy and not particularly practical, which is why a few brewers, especially those that don't bottle or can their beers, are experimenting with other ways to sell beer to go. Some are selling a limited amount of these containers as a way to raise money and offer VIP perks.
Here are five cool ones.
Equinox Brewing in Fort Collins sells eighty-ounce Nalgene bottles that won't shatter like glass and are BPA free. Like cans, the bottles can travel places glass can't, and they are topped with a more air-tight lid.
Bonfire Brewing in Eagle sells insulated 64-ounce stainless steel growlers. There were 85 sold in the original batch, at $45 each (beer included), on a first-come, first-served basis. Stainless steel keeps the beer colder longer and lid keeps it fresher. Call ahead to make sure they have them in stock.