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The Glass Jug

Posted by DID 29 Apr 2015 5 Comments

There used to be just one beer game in town and that was (and some would argue still is) Sam’s. But for those who live on the other side of town, the Glass Jug is a respectable alternative. With a friendly vibe, solid selection and true bar setting – The Glass Jug would be a regular haunt for us if we lived in this part of Durham.

Not only do they have impressive selection of bottles and cans, The Glass Jug has a dozen or so rotating taps, some small eats and a handful of tables. On a Saturday afternoon when we stopped in, there were a few men camped out at the bar enjoying an IPA tap takeover.

It’s worth noting that if you’d like to enjoy a beer that’s not on tap on site, The Glass Jug does charge a $1.50 corking fee in addition to the cost of the bottle. They also price everything by the bottle instead of by the sixer, which I don’t love. I guess this encourages/facilitates mixed sixers. They also don’t seem to offer the same deals that you can regularly find at Sam’s.

The Glass Jugs does weekly brewery tap takeovers on Thursday nights and they do fill growlers. They also have a bi-monthly knitting/beer drinking club – Purling Pints, a women’s drinking club JUGs (Just Us Gals) among various other monthly events.

A great setting with an impressive selection, The Glass Jug, again, would be a regular stop for us if we lived on this side of Durham.

The Glass Jug
5410 Hwy 55, Suite AF
Durham, NC 27713

Monday: 4pm-8pm
Tues-Wed: 12pm-8pm
Thurs-Fri: 12pm-10pm
Sat: 10am-10pm
Sunday: 12pm-7pm


  • Chris Creech said:

    Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the great review – we certainly appreciate you helping to get the word out about good craft beer!

    You mentioned not liking the “by the bottle” pricing, and I’m just curious why that is? We don’t mark-up individual bottles at all. We just take what would be the price of the 6-pack and divide it by 6. For example, currently a White Street Hoptimist bottle sells for $1.75, making it a $10.50 6-pack. The closest grocery store (Food Lion) has the same 6-packs for $10.49. We like to encourage folks to mix and match and don’t want to penalize them for doing so by up-charging the singles. At the same time, anyone is welcome to grab a full 6-pack (or in some cases, 12-pack) of anything we have, and they’ll also be getting a competitive price.

    We also love the great deals over at Sam’s, but since we’re a smaller shop, we go through product fairly quickly, meaning nothing sits on the shelf very long. However, when things do move a bit slower, we have a 15% off section where you can always find some great deals. There are occasions where there isn’t much over there, but as the seasonal beers swap out, you can usually find some good deals on beers from the previous season. We also mix in some other sales whenever items are discounted from the brewery or distributor – we like to pass the savings on to our customers.

    Thanks again for the review and taking the time to hang out with us. Just wanted to clear up those couple of points for the readers. Cheers!


  • Jon said:

    I love the Glass Jug. And like Chris mentioned (since it’s his place) 6 packs are dived equally into total price. Other places tend to upcharge for the singles out of a 6 pack. Trust me. I have looked. Sam’s used to be a regualr for me, but Glass Jug is closer to my jobs and house so they have won me over.


  • BrandonH said:

    I live within a mile of the SoDu Sam’s but I do try to make it over to The Glass Jug for a couple of reasons; first, their draught selection is imaginative – not that Sams’ isn’t, the Jug’s just seems to be a bit more local in scope. However, the main reason I enjoy the Jug is that the folks working there are always very friendly and genuinely seem to appreciate their customers (this is not to suggest that Sam’s is not of this ilk). I do wish I lived a bit closer as 55 from I-40 is a nightmare, but it does tend to become “on my way home” when returning to Durham from Raleigh. Great job so far.


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  • Mags said:

    I absolutely love this place! I wish they were closer to my house! The community feel to the Glass Jug really makes them stand out. I first went there around the holidays when they had a Festivus event; you brought a toy for charity, there was a raffle, thumb restling, airing of grievances and of course.. a tap takeover. It was fun mingling with all the customers, and the owner. Plus, their bathroom has hot running water (not all of them do)!


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