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Growler Grlz

Posted by DID 1 Jun 2014 2 Comments

Thanks to a recent law change, we can now have growler stores in North Carolina. This gives us Durhamites the chance to take craft beers home that aren’t yet available in cans or bottles. Cheers.

Karen Poulsen moved from Oregon and came out of retirement to open Growler Grlz, which is, we hope, only the first of the growler stores in Durham. Located in South Durham, which is quickly becoming a beer destination (Mattie B’s, the new Sam’s Bottle Shop), Growler Grlz is right next door to City Beverage and Randy’s Pizza on Hope Valley Rd.

It’s a something of a beautiful site to walk into a small storefront that is just one wall of 42 craft beer taps – an excellent mix of local Triangle taps, some North Carolina breweries and popular and lesser-known craft brews from around the country.

They are filling three types of growlers (Boston, 32 oz, 64 oz.), flights ($7.50), 16 oz. and 20 oz. pints. Prices on growlers and pints vary by beer. You can choose one of their Growler Grlz growlers (a $5 deposit) or bring your own.

Growler Grlz does have one inside table, a few bar stools and a few chairs outside if you choose to go with the pint or flight option, but they are really encouraging you to grab a growler or two and take them home to enjoy. They are happy to provide samples of any of the 42 taps and offer advice if you need help narrowing down your selection.

If you aren’t familiar with growlers; they are sealed and once open will last about 48 hours. Bonus for the sustainability of the no-waste, reusable packaging.

For our first trip, we went with two summery brews, a honey wheat from Gizmo and a tangerine wheat from Lost Coast.

Two more growler stores are in the works. The Glass Jug on Hwy 55 and Beer Durham downtown are set to open later this summer.

Growler Grlz
4810 Hope Valley Rd, #110, Durham, NC
Mon: 11am-10pm
Tue: 11am-10pm
Wed: 11am-10pm


  • Div said:

    If you’re downtown, Whole Foods also has growlers and pints now, too. They have 4-5 beer taps and they seem to change up pretty frequently, mostly with stuff you don’t see in bottles. They’ve had the Foothills Jade IPA pretty regularly, which is awesome.


  • tarheelJ said:

    44 taps is very cool. Great selection!


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