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Toronto is well known for its wide range of food trends, with seemingly new ones coming to market every week. Among the newest that have hit Liberty Village actually comes in the form of a growler. Though there might be many passionate beer enthusiasts in Liberty Village, not everyone knows what a growler is, which is understandable because they haven’t really been a thing in Toronto… at least, until now.

What is a Growler?

A beer growler is a container, typically made out of glass, is used to transport beer. It functions using an air-tight design that is commonly used to take draft beer from one place to another without experiencing a degradation of quality. There are many different types of growlers, each coming in the form of either glass, ceramic, or stainless steel. In addition to the benefit of being able to transport beer without it going stale, growlers also provide consumers with the privilege of being able to bring home beer from the local brewery in the safest, most efficient way possible.

Where Can I get Growlers in Liberty Village?

For the first time, the Beer Store has announced that it will allow the fill up of growlers at two of its Toronto locations – one of which is Liberty Village. The Beer Store in Liberty Village, of course, is located at 120 Lynn Williams Street, open Monday through Saturday between 9:30 AM and 9 PM, and on Sundays from 12 PM to 5 PM.

As it is very much early stages, testing whether growlers are something that could work elsewhere in the City, the Beer Store has committed to switching up their growler menu selection on a weekly basis. For the time being, five brews are available for growlers at any given time, rotating in and out with other brews accordingly. Fortunately, the Beer Store features its weekly growlers on its website, making it easy to decide whether you want to make the trek down there. For example, the week from August 16 through to August 22, featured Goose Island IPA ($15), Coors Banquet ($16), Creemore Lot 9 ($14), Keith’s ($17), and Waterloo Dark ($16).

The cost of filling a growler at the Liberty Village Beer Store will range between $12 and $25, and you can expect to shell out another $5 to purchase the glass growler itself. Passionate beer drinkers might appreciate being able to have their own glass growler, refillable, shareable, portable, and environmentally friendly.

General Rules to Keep in Mind

There are some general things to keep in mind when using growlers. Though yes, growlers will keep the beer fresh, it is best consumed within 48 hours of purchase. It is also recommended to keep it refrigerated, avoid exposure to sunlight, and rinse the growler thoroughly after use. Following through on these few things will allow you to get the most out of your growler!

Where Else can I find Growlers in Liberty Village?

The Beer Store is not the only place that accommodates growlers in the neighborhood. Liberty Commons, for example, sells medium and large size growlers, beginning at $11 to buy the refillable glass. Though it has not yet announced growlers for Liberty Village, the LCBO is also testing growlers in other Toronto markets and, if all goes well, may bring it to the local community.

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