Fill ‘Er Up! Growler Refilling Spots Around Seattle

The beer run will never be the same, thanks to growler refill stops popping up across town

By Erika Almanza Brown January 21, 2014


This article originally appeared in the February 2014 issue of Seattle magazine.

!–paging_filter–pOnly in Seattle would taking home artisanal, fresh-draught beer in old-fashioned jugs be elevated to convenient extremes. One of the city’s first “beer convenience stores,” Chuck’s Hop Shop in Greenwood just opened a new Central District location, and both spots boast 39 rotating fresh-from-the-tap ales for at-home enjoyment in 32- and 64-ounce brown glass jugs, known as growlers ($5.50–$6.50; a href=”” target=”_blank” Suddenly it seems there’s a filling station in nearly every neighborhood. At Bartell Drugs in Greenwood, South Lake Union and soon in Ballard, you can fill a prescription—and your growler—with six rotating Pacific Northwest beers on tap. (Glass growlers: $8.99; beer: $9.99 to $12.99 per 64-ounce refill;a href=”” target=”_blank” At Capitol Hill’s new grocery store Cone Steiner General, counter staff will fill your growler with six rotating local beers on tap. (Brown glass growlers: $5 for 32-ounce; $10 for 64-ounce refill, with the first fill included. Beer: $8–$15 per growler, depending on beer and size of growler; Facebook: “a href=”” target=”_blank”Cone Steiner/a.”) West Seattle’s Tap Station offers four ciders, four seasonal ales and four beers from Washington state and beyond. (Growlers: $8. Beer: $10–$14 for 64-ounce refills; a href=”” target=”_blank” They also fill containers such as canteens or mason jars with secure, sealed lids for $0.15 to $0.25 per ounce. You can fill your growler by boat at Little Gull Grocery in North Lake Union, which has five local beers on tap. (Growlers: $10 for 64-ounce; $5 for 32-ounce. Beer: $8–$20, depending on the growler size and beer; a href=”” target=”_blank” And Spike + Steam, the beer, wine and cider bar the South Lake Union Whole Foods, offers growler refills of nine rotating beers—about half of which are local. (64-ounce growler: a surprisingly low $4. Beer: $11.99–$20 per refill; a href=”” target=”_blank”


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