Updated: Beau in the comments mentions Cascade West, and I’ve learned that Cross Creek Cafe in Redmond is a fill station too!
Since I last posted about the “boom” in beer growler fill stations (see here and here), there have been a number of new ones opening up or about to open. I can plausibly count
6 or 7 (try 8, maybe 9!), which seems high—but here’s what I figure and I’ll let everyone else decide:
- The Growler Guys: East Hwy 20 and 27th, in the Shell gas station (the original), 34 taps
- Gorilla Growlers: North Empire, in the Empire Car Wash, 29 taps
- Growler Phil’s: Westside, on Galveston opening soon inside of Primal Cuts Meat Market (as reported by The Source), 30-34 taps planned
- Tumalo Country Store: I don’t know how long they’ve been filling growlers—the Facebook page was just created on Monday, but I saw someone else post about them before that—but they have 21 taps.
- Mountain Jug: Sunriver, opening sometime soon, a beer bottle shop and growler fill station. Here’s the description: “Opening 2013 featuring private tastings with renowned brewers, assorted six packs, and a bad ass 1980′s sit down arcade game with 60 classics ready for some love.”
- High Desert Growler Room: Apparently inside of Ray’s Food Place on Century Drive; that picture was posted to Twitter by Cascade Lakes Brewing, “Growler Fill Station almost complete.” Looks like it might be the old liquor store space?
- The Brew Shop: They actually have a 4-tap growler fill station in the main homebrew supply store part of the building (upstairs from the Platypus Pub). And they’ve had that available for about the same amount of time that The Growler Guys has been pouring beers.
- Cross Creek Cafe: I hear that they are a growler fill station as well (besides being a good place in Redmond for craft beer and eats), but I don’t know if they have dedicated growler taps, or if they fill growler from their already-existing taps.
- Cascade West: Beau in the comments mentions that Cascade West fills growlers (possibly for $9), though I hadn’t heard about that before. It makes sense: they already have 32 taps (which except for some of the new growler stations puts them at more than anyone else around, I think), but since they’re already a bar I don’t know that I’d highlight them as a “new” growler fill station. Maybe?
This is of course not even counting any of the actual breweries that will fill growlers with any of the beers they currently have on tap. If you wanted to add those into this list that would give you at least 10 more places to fill a growler in Central Oregon!
(Nor am I considering Redmond—they very well may have a growler station underway there as well, but I haven’t heard anything.) (I since did hear.)
Now don’t get me wrong: I like beer. I love beer. I write a beer blog, I brew my own, I’m helping with Central Oregon Beer Week, and so on… but even I have to look at the number of these fill stations—especially for such a small area—and I can’t help but think “bubble” at this point. Are we able to sustain all of these separate growler stations? Do we have a big enough market? I don’t know. And to be fair, I thought we were likely at our limit for breweries back in 2007-8 or so… but here we are.
I’m curious as to what everyone else thinks. Too many growler fill stations? Not enough? Bubble? Next Big Thing and the sky’s the limit? Do you like the choices having many fill stations bring? Are there many choices, or is the beer variety limited by brewery/availability/OLCC/etc.?