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Jun 13, 2008 10:18 AM

Beer Growler at Whole Foods on Houston St.

Wondering if anyone out there has purchased the growler at whole foods downtown. If so, do you think it is worth it??

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  1. I've purchased a few from that Whole Foods. I think it depends on what they have on tap and if you can get it in a bottle. If you can't get bottles of something (i.e. Sixpoint) why not get a growler? I've never had a problem with freshness from those taps. My only gripe is that they do growlers from their cask. Dumb dumb dumb idea.

    1. I have gotten a few and the prices seem reasonable. Everything has tasted fresh when I got it. They usually have things you cant get in bottles like Sixpoint or Captain Lawrence. They also fill growlers down the street at New Beer Distributers which is usually a buck or so cheaper.

      Im not really sure what this guy is referring to about the casks, all growlers I have had have been filled from Kegs.

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      1. re: MVNYC

        About 4 months ago the Whole Foods had a Sixpont tasting. They had 5 taps pouring from their kegs and one pouring from their cask (Brownstone). They were filling growlers from the cask. Maybe they've done away with the cask since then? I haven't been back since as I don't live in NYC.

        1. re: Calico Jack

          I think that may have been just for the Sixpoint event as I have not seen it since.

          i agree with kenito below, most of their bottled stock is too well lit. You are better off going down Chrystie a block or two to New Beer Distributors. You'll save a few bucks and it is dark as a cave. The only downside is they generally close around 5 or 6pm.

          1. re: MVNYC

            i agree, plus the prices at New Beer are better, and they also have growlers.

            1. re: kenito799

              I haven't been to New Beer in a while. What kind of beer do they have available by the Growler usually?

      2. just don't buy any bottles there unless they are sealed in cases...everything has harsh fluorescent light shining on it, if not direct sunlight from the windows. Light destroys beer. And these are pricey, amazing beers...a tragedy of marketing over proper product handling.

        1. Just be happy that you have the chance to do it at all- not even our brewpubs can sell growlers here in GA.

          Oh, and that Whole Foods blew my mind- beer, frites station, sushi, etc, etc. Nice to live in The City.

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          1. re: ted

            Paying $7 to $9 for a full growler up to 9 pm is well worth every penny. Whole Foods also will fill any other growler, not just their own.

            Though now I am curious - is there any more info on New Beer?

          2. How big are their growlers? Thx.

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            1. re: drmoze

              standard industry size.
              half gallon or 64 oz.