We live in some amazing times. You want some fresh beer? Chances are there’s a local micro or craft brewery within 20-30 minutes of where you live. They are also pretty awesome places to hang out — most are kid and dog friendly and many are BYOF (Bring Your Own Food), with amenities like peanuts and board games and food trucks, the local brewery is definitely a great place to just hang and enjoy the fruit (literally?) of people’s art!
For me, the freshness of a brew is what draws me to these places. Want Pliny the Elder? Get it on tap, right from the source at Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa. You can taste the subtle difference between real fresh beer and beer that’s been semi-aged in the bottles as they are transported around the country to your local store.
That’s where GROWLERS perplexed me. As a brewery-noob, I never really understood the need for a growler. At breweries you tend to have the epiphany that, “man, my buddy would love to drink this.” So, you naturally, pick up a growler of the stuff to bring to your buddies. I had purchased one at a brewery, filled it with my fave brew, transported it 20 miles to some friends only to disappointedly pour a somewhat flat brew that tasted much different 30 minutes later than when I had had it fresh.
If only there was a way to keep that fresh taste for at least an hour?
Enter the pressurized growler.
I’d never known these things existed until I discovered these in Portland, walking around various breweries and talking to people. It totally makes sense. I mean, there are tons of mini-kegs and micro-kegs that you can purchase already, why not combine the technology with growlers. And why not throw in a double-wall insulated container like a Yeti or a Hydroflask so that your brew stays super cold for more than 12 hours.
I immediately Googled “Pressurized Growler” when I got home to find several models on the market. Landing on Trailkeg’s version made sense to me because they have a semi-universal, internal threaded lid that fits my Yeti 64 oz rambler. (I purchased their 1 gallon package for future parties, but I don’t see myself purchasing 128 oz of beer for myself often!)
Today was my first experience with this thing and I must say, it is great! I took the lid attached to my Yeti to my local craft brewery, 8one8 Brewing in Canoga Park. With a totally unassuming design, they filled it, I pressurized it to 15 PSI with Trailkeg’s simple-to-use CO2 regulator.
I let it sit on our counter for several minutes to let the beer settle (who wants foamy beer?). Released some of the pressure to bring the pressure down to PSI and attached their bar tap and the thing poured perfectly.
It’s been several days since I filled it and the most recent pour still tastes fresh and delicious! Way to go Trailkeg!