Why waste your time trying to find that perfect wine to bring to your in-law’s house this holiday season or to that spring BBQ your neighbor is throwing? Why go to the library-esque liquor store with its quiet sales people and soft classical music playing? Why dress that bottle of wine in shiny wrapping paper? Why present it to your host and watch it go almost unnoticed as it’s left to settle into the corner of their kitchen counter without being opened? And why on earth would you get them a bottle of wine that YOU wanted to try and watch it sit there as a gift and hear about how great that wine was at your next event?
Why do all that when you could grab a growler of fresh craft beer!!!
Not sure what a growler is?
No problem. It’s a vessel used to carry fresh draft beer. It usually comes in a brown, 64 ounce bottle that will kick the behind of any wine dressed up in that cheap cellophane suit any day. And chances are you’ll be hearing rock & roll or something fun when you get your growler filled with a great craft beer that you just sampled. Try that at the liquor store.
Then watch what happens when you hand your host a chilled growler of fresh craft beer. Their cheeks will become rosy, their eyes will open wide and a smile will fall on their face. They’ll take the growler from you with two hands, holding it like a newborn, they’ll ask you what it is. You’ll talk about the beer and where you got it and then, unlike the well dressed wine in the corner, you’ll open the growler and enjoy some of the freshest craft beer Westchester has to offer.
There are plenty of places in Westchester to grab a growler, as you’ll see below, with more popping up all the time.
The Green Growler Grocery in Croton-on-Hudson
Montrose Beer and Soda in Montrose
Captain Lawrence Brewing in Elmsford
Growlers Beer Bistro in Tuckahoe
DeCiccio’s in Ardsley
Birdsall House in Peekskill
The Peekskill Brewery in Peekskill
Whole Foods in Yonkers
Beer has come a long way, baby. And craft beer has come an even longer way. You know, there’s a reason people go on a “beer run”. People drink beer. Don’t just bring a gift to your next get together. Bring a growler.