Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >
Jan 8, 2013 08:41 AM

Growler fills 'this side' of SF?

This thread
has several tips for the east bay, but I'm wondering if there are good places to fill a growler on the peninsula or in the south bay.

(Obviously I'm looking for something worth filling with, as well!)

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. The original comment has been removed
    1. These guys fill growlers:

      They are a brewery, not a brewpub.

      1. Sante Adairius in the Santa Cruz area has gotten good reviews locally amongst the beer nerd crowd I hang with - tried a few of their beers myself, and found them quite interesting. Their website is pretty bare-bones at the moment - if you're willing to venture to their Facebook page, there seems to be more info there.

        1 Reply
        1. re: Spatlese

          While I think Sante is one of a handful of the world class breweries in Northern California, growler fills aren't their strong suit. Most of the time, you are limited to one of their beers (typically their 831 IPA, which I do quite enjoy), though on occasion you do have a choice of two beers.

          Not quite within the boundaries of the OP, but I think the best growler fills near to the requested region are from Cellarmaker.

        2. Bumping this. Any updates on places to get growlers filled in South Bay? Ideally, looking for places that don't just fill with their own beer, but a variety or brands.

          5 Replies
          1. re: sass

            AFAIK it's against the law for anyone other than a brewery to refill a growler. Until I recently it had to be their own growler too, but that's changed. Brewpubs can't do it.

            1. re: Midlife

              You mean you can't do it on a type 75 license?

              I think most brewpubs are licensed as type 23 (small beer manufacturer), and they can fill growlers.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Sorry. I misspoke. If they're a brewery (brewpub) they can, but only with their own beer. Taprooms that don't brew can't. And a brewpub that might tap beer from other breweries can't put those in growlers. IE- BJs Brewery could only fill with their own. At least that's how I understand it.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I was going to argue, but then I remember the growler filling I saw recently was in a different state. North Carolina might have more "flexible" laws.

                  1. re: bbulkow

                    Was thinking along similar lines...I remembered being in a Safeway that had a growler-fill station. But then I remembered it was in Portland.

            2. What are CA laws regarding growler fills? Can an establishment only fill growlers with beer brewed on site? Or would a growler filling bar be legal here? I just moved here and am trying to understand why there are so few.

              1 Reply
              1. re: sass

                As corrected above, only establishments that actually brew can fill growlers in CA. Taprooms can't.