A bit pricey at first glance, but like anything of quality, better to buy one once and enjoy it thoroughly than to buy some substandard junk that you won’t like as much and have to buy more of them when they break too soon.
Also given the increasing price of craft beer it makes sense to use a better grade of carrier for it !
Notes: DRINKTANKS growlers, cups, and other items are designed by some beer lovers in Bend, Oregon who were tired of a lot of the fragile and sometimes substandard beer drinking and transport items out there and decided to build their own. To quote the company ” Built for Beer” Our products are designed with beer in mind. We truly are beer lovers and create solutions to take beer beyond the brewery”. Best known for their growlers (in 128 oz, this the 64 oz, and a 32 oz size in multiple colors and finish, they also make these pint cups and smaller tumbler-type cups to keep your beverages cold and safe. Half the battle can be getting your drinkware to wherever you are going, and the other half can be keeping it intact during use.
Appearance: This 64-ounce model shares many of its siblings’ design features but is also slightly different in use and application. For one thing, it is much more suited ( along with its larger sibling the 128 oz growler) as not only a container but dispenser of beer with their keg cap system ( reviewed here) to essentially make it into a mini-keg that will not only keep beer cold and pressurized but dispense it under pressure without all that tedious pumping. Due to operational constraints on the system ( not to mention 2 or more people could kill a 32-ounce growler pretty quickly) this size and the 128 work best with that system.
Back to the main points; More or less standard growler shape except in a double-walled 18/8 stainless steel with an enameled (?) satin finish that is pleasing to the hand and not slippery. Big handle with an ergonomic curve to the top of it for better handling and pour control, Handle is attached at the bottom and top with some sort of Torx screw, ( a fault in my mind if you ever need to fix or tighten it but a minor point). Upper part of the handle is attached to appropriately heavy steel spring collar and a pair of wire bail snap with (to my relief) a pair of kidney-shaped rubber paddles to close the heavy-duty synthetic plastic and stainless steel stopper With a flat stainless collar/lip and their logo on the shoulder, it has an overall attractive appearance. Interior is brushed stainless steel with so easy to visually inspect, clean, and no flavor transfer.
First Impression: Nice appearance to them overall, good sturdy-looking pints. Well made and finished. The growler feels nice in the hand and not overly large or heavy for its size.
Directions and Instructions: Pretty straightforward use and care instructions. Not a lot to have to teach someone about their case and use.
Testing: Works well, Insulation worked great – kept our beer much colder than a similar glass and did not leave condensation rings on any surfaces. Preussization was not an issue – kept the beer carbonated for a number of days no problem! Easy to seal and to take the cap off to pour with those heavy-duty closures that should not bend or break like the cheap ones (which is especially irritating if you just filled the growler) essentially colder, more durable, and a lot easier to clean and take anywhere. Also, they are a lot more welcome anywhere near pools or bodies of water where broken glass ( or potential broken glass) is a real problem.
Other: Don’t forget that you are being environmentally responsible with using these over disposable cans – even if you return them they need to be transported, melted down, recast/shaped, and shipped out again. These growlers are built to last and reusable for practically forever and don’t need to be recycled endlessly with all the impact that has. Lifetime warranty, 18/8 stainless steel, double-wall vacuum insulated, dishwasher safe, bounces pretty well off the ground or people.
Final Thoughts: Like all their other products, well thought out, nicely executed designs that are durable. Not overly expensive, heavy, yuppie trendy, oversized and overbuilt, and less likely to be stolen ( some of the major downsides of Yeti Gear). Solid, 18/8, dishwasher safe
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