Large glass growlers are two-and-a-half times larger than a 750ml wine bottle; you own the growler and bring it in for refills.
In March of this year Oregon legalized using growlers for wine, and Fifth Street Growlers (211 SW Fifth Street), who already serve beer in growlers, landed on this news with both feet. Now they can refill your growler with Philomath’s highly regarded Spindrift wines, for your tippling pleasure.
Growlers are money-savers—the vintner bypasses bottling, labeling, and space costs, so wine growlers are typically much less costly than bottled wine. You can theoretically pay less if you buy boxed wine, but—
Growlers are environmentally faaabulous! With boxed wine if you do the right thing when the box is empty you might cut up the box to recycle (Does anyone do this?), and the plastic bladder that held the wine you… perhaps have a creative, re-use thing to do. Perhaps a nice rain-hat. I have no idea.
So conditions are right for a growler revolution among wine drinkers who would just like a lovely glass of wine without the extra marketing and packaging baggage. There are some of us who like a good wine label graphic, it’s true (I’m one) but if you don’t need to gaze upon the label artwork (apologies to such local accomplished label artists as P. Smith) then the growler is the way to go.
True oenophiles (definition: followers of Yoko Ono) will, of course, recoil at the notion of growlers, and to them I say more power to you, God bless, be sure to write, take care, and so on. (Are they out of the room yet?) As for me, one more from the growler, then I must be going.
Other local outlets (such as the Co-Op) are looking into providing growler refills, and this can only be a good, great thing.
By Jack Compere