Growler 101

What’s a Growler?

A growler is a refillable container where tap beer is poured for home consumption.  MBGCO sells 64 and 32 ounce glass growlers that customers purchase. It’s theirs, and they can do what they want with it. However, we suggest they rinse it out with warm water after they consume it, bring it back to the store, and we will fill it up with more beer. If it’s smelling really funky, a cap of bleach, warm soapy water and a good shake should do the trick. At MBGCO, we sanitize every growler that comes into the store before it’s filled, but it’s much appreciated to clean it out first.

What’s Michigan Beer Growler Company?

MBGCO is Oakland County’s first “growler bar” where customers can purchase 26 different kinds of craft beer on tap. The best part is customers can take their favorite beer home in a 64 or 32 ounce growler and once sealed, it will last in the refrigerator or 5-7 days.  Simply put, it’s like walking into a candy store filled with beer…does it get any better than that? Well, yes it does.

MBGCO also serves flights and pints of beer so customers can make sure they are bringing home exactly what they want.  If you already have a growler we’ll sanitize it and refill it for you.

Not into beer?  There are 2 taps of hard cider and 2 taps craft soda for those to like to avoid the hops.  Customers will also find Michigan themed merchandise such as wearables, glassware and snack foods.


There are lots of stories out there why it’s called a “growler.”  In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. fresh beer was carried home by means of a pail.  The most popular theory we have heard was once the beer was carried home, the beer sloshed around in the pail and created a rumbling sound as the CO2 escaped through the lid. Hence, the sound of “growling”….

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