While ELV was out of town last week, visiting his ancestral home, he stumbled upon an idea that might be perfect for Las Vegas: Beer Growlers!
For the uninitiated, beer growlers are a way to drink fresh, artisanal keg beer at home, without the muss and fuss of actually purchasing 15.5 gallons of the stuff.
The way it works is simple: you pick the size of the growler you want, and then choose with what great brew you’d like it filled. The returnable growlers are then sealed and you gaily* dance home, knowing you’re drinking the freshest, least adulterated beer or ale you can get.
The Beer Growler in the college town of Athens (Georgia, not Texas), is a relatively new enterprise that showed ELV how it’s done. It calls itself a “beer filling station” but it’s decidedly not for the Bud Lite crowd. Brews like Monk’s Sour Ale and Bell’s Hopslam are the order of the day, and its employees (Jordan and Ashlie with an “ie”) were the kind of energetic and knowledgeable beer lovers that Vegas could use more of.
Vegas being Vegas, however, we’re still swimming up the craft beer stream, as it were, as most locals still think Newcastle Brown Ale is as cutting edge as it gets.
Still, all we could think to ourselves as we were prowling around the Growler was how much at home such a place would feel on East Fremont Street. And how, it’s about time someone challenged the corporate and boring Yard House (and the grimy and sketchy Freaking Frog) for bringing forth superior pours in our humble burg.
Just thought you’d like to know.
* As in spirited and full of merriment.