Growler Werks uKEG 64 Copper Plated


Thank you so much Steve for purchasing this growler for me!

The Growler Werks uKeg started as a Kickstarter project but is now available publicly.  You know you have an idea people like though when you are asking for $75,000 in backing and end up raising over $1.5 Million!  This was a serious success.  There were some problems during production that held this product up but its now fully available on the market.

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Growler Werks is located out of Portland Oregon.  They produce two versions of the growler in two sizes.  They have a straight stainless steel growler and this copper plated version.  They produce a 64oz and a 128oz version and they are double walled to keep the beer cold for longer.  With it being winter I have not actually tested how long these growlers will keep the beer cold.  I will have to follow up in the future.

Some of the features of this growler on top of the tap and it being insulated are as follows:

The growler lid has a regulator and holds the CO2 cartage.
There is a pressure gauge at the bottom of the tapping system.
The tapping system can have the handles changed out for customization.
There is a sight glass on the front of the tap system that shows how much beer is left.
This system uses low cost food grade CO2 cartridges.  Depending on the size of your growler there are two sizes of cartridges.

The Instruction Manuel gives a recommended CO2 pressure for different types of beer.  For the following these are the recommendations:

Stouts, porters, cream ales, barelywines 3-6psi
Brown ales, ambers, reds 5-10psi
IPA’s, pale ales, wheat beers, other ales 7-12psi
lagers, pilsners 12-15psi

The real test with any of these tapping systems though is how well do they pour.  I did not know what to expect as I have had varied success with my two systems.

To say that this growler pours well is a serious understatement.  This system pours better than some taps at breweries.

I will likely never use my old tap systems again unless I decide to do a side by side test of the taps.  This one by far takes the cake as the best system and it is not difficult to figure out.  All you have to do is turn the dial on the lid to the point that the pressure is what you want and it will keep it there during your enjoyment of your growler over the next few weeks.

Currently the standard version costs $199 ($139 USD) and the copper version costs $229 ($159 USD) for the 64oz.  The Stainless 128oz version is $279 ($199 USD) and the copper version is $319 ($229 USD).  That price difference covers the following “fluctuating currency rates, shipping, brokerage and duty into the country”.

Purchase your own here in the USA.

There is a Canadian website where you can purchase your growlers without having to cross a border.

Growler Werks Canada.

Brick & Beam IPA – Yaletown Brewing Co.


From Vancouver’s Yaletown Brewing Co comes the “Brick & Beam IPA” available on tap or through growler fill at the brewpub.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The beer has strong aromas of citrus and hops with some pine in behind it.    Like the scent the beer has a stong hopy bitterness and strong citrus taste with some pine and minor malt characteristics in behind.  This is a very nice IPA and I would reccomend it to anyone who like a fairly hopy IPA.  The beer has an alcohol content of 5.8% and a fairly high IBU.

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Parallel 49 Tasting Room – Vancouver


Parallel 49 Brewing is on of the new breweries on the block in Vancouver.  As of writing this post the brewery has had beer on the market for only 7 weeks.  In this 7 weeks though the have received way more demand for their beer than they could have imaged and can not keep up with demand for it.  What a problem to have!  The Brewery and tasting room are located at the same location in an industrial area in East Vancouver at 1950 Triumph St. Vancouver, BC, Canada (Right across from Coal Harbour Brewing Company).  In the future they plan on offering brewery tours but for now they have an exciting new addition to their brewery.

As you walk through the doors of the building you will enter into the brand new Parallel 49 tasting room (Open July 17th 2012!).  I was greeted by the owner of the brewery who also owns the craft beer brew house “St. Augustine’s”.   The owner is currently the person who staffs the tasting bar which is a really cool touch as there is no middle man.  The tasting room consists of a bar with taps of all 4 beer that they currently produce as well as some extra bar seating and a cooler for you to purchase your favorite beer to share with your friends.  They sell 6 packs of all 4 varieties of their beer.  A really nice touch is that they have a mixed 12 pack that consists of all 4 of their beer so you can take them all home and enjoy the whole line at home without breaking the bank on a 6 pack of each (not a terrible idea either). Click here for and explanation of a similar growler filling station.

The most exciting thing they have at this tasting room though is their specialized Growler filling station.  This specialized equipment purges the growler of all oxygen and replaces it with CO2 this will keep your beer fresh for far longer much like a keg.  Most growlers are good for up to 48 hours.  With this filling station you can have fresh beer for weeks not just days!  They sell Growlers for $5 and will fill growlers for $10.  Like the owner said though they are not in the business of selling glassware but in the business of selling beer and therefore will fill any proper growler (You can only have so many 1.89L bottles around your house).   If you do not know a growler is almost the same size as a 6 pack of beer so it is a good deal in the long run.

With no brewery tours currently available they decided to mount a big screen tv right behind the bar with a feed to their brewery so you are able to see what is currently going on inside the brewery.  They also plan on installing a camera inside the bottling area so you are able to watch the bottling as it happens!

If you have not yet tried their beer then you are really missing out as it is amazing beer!  The tasting room is open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 7pm currently and is well worth your time to check out.  So come out and support your local craft breweries by tasting their beer and leaving with a handful of their amazing brew!  I arrived at the tasting room just as it opened as I was in the area so I was lucky to have the tasting room to myself.

Check out the breweries website
parallel 49 Brewing

St. Augustines
St. Augustine’s Brew House

PARALLEL 49 BREWING CO.
1950 Triumph St. Vancouver
BC, Canada V5L 1K5
604-558-BREW (2739)
Fax: 604-558-3774
info@parallel49brewing.com