Friday, February 07, 2014

Growlers Hawthorne

3343 NE Hawthorne Boulevard
Open: 12 - 8, daily

I'm not a big beer drinker, but I recognize that almost everyone else is. For me, it's a little too bubbly, a little too hoppy, and it hits my nose too fast to really enjoy what I'm tasting. But that's me. The majority of the Portland population LOVES beer. A LOT. And that's why a growler fill station is perfect for the people of Portland.

Sure, you can fill a growler (or two) at your favorite local brewery. There are so many to choose from. And, yeah, you can stop at New Season's or places like the Hawthorne Hophouse for a broader selection. But with places like that you might also be tempted to sit down for a meal or feel obligated to spend time stocking up on groceries. At Growlers Hawthorne, you can get in and out with a full growler for a fair price in minutes. That is, of course, if you know what you want.

For those that are not already set on a certain selection, Growlers Hawthorne offers forty taps to choose from. And they have what seems like an endless stockpile of compostable sample cups to help you find what's right for the night. On tap last we checked were favorites from Fort George, Oakshire, Terminal Gravity, Spire Mountain, Hop Valley, Barley Brown's, and Burnside Brewing Company.

Included on the list of forty are three hard ciders, one mead, and always at least one organic beer (which is easy to spot with its green handle). They also have root beer and Brew Dr. Kombucha available in a separate kegerator.

Growlers Hawthorne will continue to celebrate their grand opening with "Meet the Brewers" events tonight with Firestone Walker Brewery from 5:30 - 7:30 PM and on Saturday from 3:30 - 6:30 PM with Pelican Pub & Brewery. We made it in during the first of the events with the Brewers from Fort George but might return on Saturday to sample Pelican's root beer (served as a float, thanks to the people of Tillamook) and to fill the now-empty growler.