The Growler Garage

OPEN DAILY

— 30 Main Street • Burlington, VT —

30 Main Street
Burlington, VT

SUN-THURS: 12PM to 10PM
FRI-SAT: 11AM to MIDNIGHT

Welcome to The Growler Garage!

The Growler Garage is Vermont’s first Craft Beer Filling Station to offer 24 taps of the best beers from Vermont and from around the world! We have a full service tasting bar, 1/2 gallon Growlers, 1/4 gallon Howlers and our latest addition…the 32 ounce Crowler! Complementing our draft selection, we also offer a number of hand-picked, bottled craft beers for you to choose from.

The craft beer industry is growing rapidly in Vermont, boasting the highest number of breweries per capita in the country. We aim to represent all of these fine breweries in one central location and bring to market the opportunity for you to purchase craft beers by volume at discounts of up to 75% from what you would expect to pay at a pub or restaurant.

The Growler Garage is pioneering the way to provide the highest quality and most diverse variety of craft beers that can be found in Vermont. In doing so, we intend to serve as the central hub for craft beer enthusiasts to come together to learn about and enjoy the best beers in the world.

Our new location at 30 Main Street in Burlington, Vermont is NOW OPEN! You’ll find us on the corner of Main Street and Battery Street. For the latest info be sure follow us on Facebook!

Hungry? We have that covered too!

Our new location at 30 Main Street in Burlington is OPEN
and we are NOW FILLING Growlers, Howlers & Crowlers!

Stop by today to see the new digs and to taste some of the best beers on the planet!

Folks Sharing the Love

  • Growler Garage is a must visit for anyone who loves beer. It's populated by extremely knowledgeable "beeristas" and the selection of beers on tap and available in bottles is better than anything in the Burlington/Winooski area. Go. You definitely won't regret the trip!

    M. Roddy
    M. Roddy September 15, 2014
  • The Growler Garage gets a 5 star approval from me...this place is great and the atmosphere is everything Vermont and New England beer is all about. Tell all your friends! This place does not disappoint!

    S. Benjamin
    S. Benjamin November 15, 2014
  • With twenty-one taps, how can you go wrong? Great atmosphere, friendly staff, and most importantly extensive beer selection. Highly recommend. I even bought a growler to bring back to Massachusetts with me.

    L. Fremeau
    L. Fremeau June 23, 2015
  • Awesome, welcoming staff. 20+ taps with different beers every week to keep you coming back. Calm atmosphere to kick back and enjoy a few brews.

    A. Wojtyna
    A. Wojtyna October 11, 2015
  • Great atmosphere! Good beer selection. This is a great place not just for a growler refill, but to come and hang out with friends or just sit and read while enjoying a good beer.

    C. Coleman
    C. Coleman November 1, 2015
  • Great place to meet with a group, have a beer, then take a growler home after to enjoy!

    J. Allen
    J. Allen November 4, 2015
  • It's a pretty cool place! Good beer and great prices. I'm from MA so it will definitely be a stop next time we are up in VT!

    A. Hopkins
    A. Hopkins November 13, 2015
  • Totally love this place. People are friendly and helpful. Always a wide selection of beer to enjoy.

    A. Harkness
    A. Harkness December 30, 2015
  • Great, friendly staff with good knowledge about brewers near and far. Nice atmosphere.

    J. Nealy
    J. Nealy February 11, 2016
  • This is one of my favorite bars! Great beer and great bartenders!

    K. Hillyard
    K. Hillyard March 5, 2016
  • Best taps in town, excellent staff that knows their craft beer!

    B. Weisburgh
    B. Weisburgh May 21, 2016
  • We were happy to see such a huge amount of beer types and so well chosen. Staff was knowledgable and friendly. Can't wait to return with friends.

    M. Friedlander
    M. Friedlander July 15, 2016
  • Awesome spot with a ton of places to lounge and play games for groups of 3-5+. Not to mention the excellent selection of rotating craft beer!

    E. Briggs
    E. Briggs September 13, 2016
  • Great selection of beer. Helpful staff that gave suggestions for our vacation. And the air conditioning was superb on this hot day!

    J. Ann
    J. Ann July 27, 2016

How to Growl: Steps for Success

STEP 1
STEP 1

Choose one (or several) of the 21 fine craft beers we have available on tap.

STEP 2
STEP 2

Test drive your choices of beer in the comfort of The Growler Garage.

STEP 3
STEP 3

Take home a 64oz growler of craft beer to share with your family & friends.

Filling Growlers in a Pub

History of the Growler

Growl-er ‘grau-ler’ : A container bought by the measure to carry beer.

In the 1800s beer was a safer, more sterile beverage than milk or water and people drank it daily. Until electric refrigerators chilled bottles, all beer was brewed locally and sold from the tap. In the United States from the 1880’s to 1920, when Prohibition ended the legal production and sale of alcohol, the midday factory whistle signaled a meal and a beer break for laborers.

Groups of young boys, referred to as “Bucket Boys”, stood ready to collect the workers’ lunch pails and race them to the nearest saloon to be filled for the thirsty men. The boys carried many brimming buckets at one time by hanging them from a pole or other carrying device. This practice was called “Rushing the Growler.”

The origin of the term “Growler” is unclear.  Some say the term arose by the rumbling sound created by the carbon dioxide escaping through the lid as the beer sloshed around in the tin pail.  Other sources suggest that it was the constant conflict between the two parties – the bartender who was filling a two-quart pail with only one pint of beer and the customer who was expecting a FULL pail of beer…thereby causing some “growling”.

Today a growler is defined as, “A refillable glass, plastic, aluminum, or stainless steel container with a flip-top or screw-on lid that is no larger than 2 liters (0.5283 gallons) into which a malt beverage is prefilled, filled, or refilled for off-premise consumption.”

At The Growler Garage, we are proud to carry on the long tradition of filling growlers with the best and freshest craft beer from Vermont and from around the world.