Bar profile: The Daily Growler

  • Photos by Meghan Ralston
By Columbus Alive
From the January 3, 2013 edition

The growler trend has firmly taken hold. Owning and filling growlers are now a welcomed requirement for most beer drinkers, and a new establishment in Upper Arlington has decided to cater to such enthusiasts. Craft beer drinkers are heading to The Daily Growler in steady droves to get their fill.

Owner and operator John W. Blakely said there are usually a few people waiting outside everyday for The Daily Growler to open. The combination of being a sit-down beer bar and growler fillery — a great term — with 60 taps is why people are so anxious to check it out. Some are getting to-go beer growler fills; some are just stopping by for a pint or two. Most are doing a combination by sampling a few beers, whether it’s pints or in the smaller five ounce pours, to figure out which they’d like to take home.

Happy hour is a particularly good time to visit The Daily Growler. From 3 to 7 p.m. seven days a week, pints and five ounce samples are significantly discounted — 50 percent off pints, 25 percent off samples. All growler fills are $1 off. Most fills are between $8 and $12, though Hoppin’ Frog’s Goose Juice tops out at $30. Pints are $4 or $5 and samples are a couple bucks.

To get a growler filled, one must purchase a growler from The Daily Growler. Blakely said they only fill their own growlers because he wants to maintain quality control. Customers bring in their growler, turn it in and get a clean, sanitized and cold one from the back to fill and take home. The ideal option is to purchase a starter kit. For $29 you get two pint glasses, a growler — both labeled with The Daily Growler’s orange and white newspaper-esque logo — and a $20 gift card.

But don’t just get a growler filled and head home. The Daily Growler has a friendly beer hall atmosphere that welcomes customers to hang out a while. The half dozen tables are usually filled and people will be mingling around the counter. The Daily Growler has also worked out a deal with nearby restaurants to have food delivered for those looking for some nosh with their brew.