The GDB Chicagoland Growler Guide

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Our definitive Chicagoland growler guide: Who fills what, and for how much

Chicagoland Growler Guide

Growler fills at breweries and brewpubs come with a lot of questions. For example, who fills and who doesn’t? Who’s got a crowler machine? Who only fills their own growlers? How about 32oz. “howler” fills? And will they pour their barrel-aged offerings or high-ABV stuff?

Because these things get tricky, we thought we’d put together a comprehensive list (or at least as comprehensive as we could come up with) of who’s filling what. Hopefully this helps you take advantage of that closet full of glass jugs you’ve got sitting around … because we assume it’s not just us that’s got a bunch of these things sitting around.

Unless otherwise specified, all information on this page comes directly from the breweries themselves. If you’re wondering where ___ brewery is, we have a list at the end of this post that includes breweries that we believe to sell growlers, but didn’t receive a response from and couldn’t pull enough info from their site.

And once you figure out where to head for a growler, review our Chicagoland Craft Beer Map to check out what else is on the way.


Note: All of this info was as accurate as possible at the point of publish in April 2017, but things do change (and crowler machines do get purchased). If you have any specific questions or you want to confirm directly with the breweries or brewpubs, all are linked so you can find their contact info.


350 Brewing Company 

  • Do you fill growlers? No 
  • Do you sell crowlers? Yes – 32oz. INSANITY CANS
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your crowler fills? They range from $10-$14 depending on style/abv. 
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? *No small batch Sunday Detention fills*

5 Rabbit Cerveceria:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? 5 Rabbit sells and fills our own growlers only. We accept only 5 Rabbit growler returns – and fill with a new or clean, sanitized growler.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers or crowlers? We do not have/fill howlers or crowlers.
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? An empty growler is $5.
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler fills? For all beers that come in a pint glass (i.e.,the 5 series, the Gringolandia series and the Paletas series), fills are $10. For beers that come in a snifter, which generally have a higher ABV, (the Chingonas series), fills are $30.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? We release a experimental beer every Wednesday, which we do not sell in growlers. Likewise, we do have the occasional limited run beer which we do not allow for growler fills.

Lastly, I’ll add: 5 Rabbit has a growler club. After 5 fills/refills, the 6th one is free. 

Alarmist Brewing & Taproom:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? All growlers
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? We can fill others but we don’t have our own yet.
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $5
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? $14 growler
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Currently all beers are available but that could easily change in the future.

Alter Brewing Company

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We fill any CLEAN and sanitized growler.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? We don’t sell howlers anymore but we will fill a clean and sanitzed howler a customer brings in. 
  • Do you sell crowlers? Yes
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $4 for a growler
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? $14-18 growler fill
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Not everything is available to be sold in growler, crowler.

Baderbrau:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Yes, we will fill anyone’s growler except through Postmates, where we only fill our own branded new glass
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? We fill them, do not sell them.
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $4
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? $16 per fill
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? We put everything in unless it’s coming from a firkin.

Band of Bohemia:

  • Do you fill growlers? Why yes we do.
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers?We will fill other growlers.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? We sell a 1 liter growler I prefer to call a “growlette.”
  • Do you sell crowlers? No,
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $5
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? On average $14 for a new growlette and fill.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? All beers are available.

BBGB Brewery & Hop Farm at Hardware:

  • Do you fill growlers? No
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes — we only accommodate the BBGB Howlers
  • Do you sell crowlers? No 
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your howler fills? $30 first fill , $10 to $12 second fill depending on the beer.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? na

Begyle Brewing Company:

 

  • Do you fill growlers? WE LOVE GROWLERS!
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We fill any growler that has a government warning attached to it.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? We fill howlers but phased out new glass sales recently in anticipation of the next question…
  • Do you sell crowlers? We will be launching crowler sales soon, date TBD, maybe for CCBW.
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? Empty glass is $4.
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? $12-$20 for 64oz; $8-$12 for 32oz.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Most beers are available for growler filling unless it is a limited release batch like barrel aged.

Blue Island Beer Company:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We fill other growlers, but if ours are brought back we swap with a clean fresh growler.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? We sell and fill them
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $5
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? $10-30 for growlers and howlers are half that
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Not everything goes in growlers, but we usually offer bottles and cans of those that aren’t

Blue Nose Brewery:

• Do you fill growlers? No
• Do you sell / fill howlers? No
• Do you sell crowlers? Yes
• Do you have an average price or a range for your crowler fills? Crowlers are $9-$15
• Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? All beers available in crowlers.

 

BuckleDown Brewing:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes.
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? If it’s clean, we will fill other branded growlers.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $5 for 64 or 32 oz glass.
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler fills? $18-21
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Generally everything…no barrel aged stuff or very rare things.

Burnt City Brewing:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes.
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We fill any growler that appears to be clean (we rinse every growler before filling)
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? No.
  • Do you sell crowlers? No.
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $4
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Growler Fill price range from $12 to $22.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? We generally don’t offer our barrel-aged beers in growlers, as we make them in extremely limited quantities.

Chain O’ Lakes Brewing Company:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We fill any growler that appears to be clean (we rinse every growler before filling) and put our sticker on it.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $7
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Growler Fill price range is $13
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? We generally don’t offer our barrel-aged beers in growlers, as we make them in extremely limited quantities.

Church Street Brewing Company:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? ONLY Church Street
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? No
  • Do you sell  Crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $4
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills?  $14-18
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Most. Only a very select few we don’t. 

Corridor Brewery & Provisions:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes!
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Yes, we fill outside growlers. We just put one of our stickers (has our name, address, etc.) on the growler to ensure that it’s a legal fill.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? No.
  • Do you sell crowlers? Yes!
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? The 64oz growler glass is $4.
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Yes. Average price for a 64oz growler fill is $13-15. Average price for a 32oz crowler is $9.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Yes. All beers are available.

 Crown Brewing:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We fill growlers from anyone, but we will place a sticker on it with our logo. 
  • Do you sell / fill howlers or crowlers? We sell and fill howlers, but not crowlers.
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? An empty growler is $5 and an empty howler is $4.
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler fills? Prices range from $9.00 to $16.00 for a growler fill depending on the beer style, e.g. a cream ale is $9.00, but a IPA would be $15.00. We have a special on Wednesdays where we fill growlers of our flagship beers for $8.00! 
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Most of our beer is available in growlers with the exception of some of our experimental batches, barrel aged beers, etc. 

Crystal Lake Brewing:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We fill any standard sized growler.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes.
  • Do you sell crowlers? No.
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? Growlers are $4.
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Core beer growler fills are $10.  Premium/Seasonal fills are $16.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? All production beers are available for growler fills. Pilot system beers are not violable in growlers.

Dovetail Brewery:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We’ll fill any clean (we’ll sanitize and rinse for you, but if it’s stinky, it’s a no-go), undamaged growler (no chips or cracks, please!) — and throw out those caps (especially the white, paper-lined ones), breweries should always give you a new one!
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? We will fill howlers, but we don’t sell them.
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $4
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? $18 for 64 oz fills; $12 for 32 oz fills.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? There may be some occasional exceptions, but for the most part, we’ll put most Dovetail beers into growlers.

DryHop Brewers:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes!
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Yes, we fill outside growlers. We just put one of our stickers (has our name, address, etc.) on the growler to ensure that it’s a legal fill.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? No.
  • Do you sell crowlers? Yes!
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? The 64oz growler glass is $4.
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Yes. Average price for a 64oz growler fill is $13-15. Average price for a 32oz crowler is $9.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Yes. All beers are available.

Dry City Brew Works:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We fill any clean, glass growler
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? We don’t sell, but we will fill any clean, glass howlers
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? New growler is $5
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Growler fills avg. about $20
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? We do have occasional small batch beers that we do not offer in growlers.

Empirical Brewery: (info taken from their taproom page)

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? info not available
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? info not available
  • Do you sell crowlers? info not available
  • How much do you charge for the growler glass itself? $5
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler fills? $12-$18
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? info not available

Exit Strategy Brewing Co.:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Yes, we fill growlers other than our own. 
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $7
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? $16 refill / $23 new
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Yes unless there’s a super duper special small batch release….so yes.

Forbidden Root:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes!
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Yes, as long as they’re clean and have the surgeon general warning.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes.
  • Do you sell crowlers? No.
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? 64oz Glass Growler $5; 32oz Glass Howler $4
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? 64oz $17-$20; 32oz $9-$12
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? We make almost all of our beers available, but typically anything above 10% ABV we don’t offer.

Flossmoor Station:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes (Amber in color)
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We have on occasion filled other brewery growlers.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers?  No
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $5
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? $12-$18 depending on style
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? We do not do growlers of our barrel-aged beer.

Goose Island’s Fulton Taproom:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Yes, we fill any growler.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Neither
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? The glass is $4, price ranges from $16 – $20
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Avg is $16
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Not all beers on draught are available in growlers.

Greenstar Brewing at Uncommon Ground:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes we do!
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Yes, we will fill other growlers.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes we sell and fill howlers as well.
  • Do you sell crowlers? No, not currently
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? An empty glass howler costs $4, and an empty glass growler costs $5.
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Prices vary widely based on the style and alcohol content of the beer, but will go from $12-$24 for a growler, and from $6-$12 for a howler.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Most of our beers are available in growlers and howlers, except for the varieties that we occasionally put on nitro, and that’s because the beer will not be the same packaged in a growler or howler, once it gets home.

Half Acre Beer: 

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We’ll fill almost any clean 32oz or 64oz glass, ceramic or stainless steel growler with the required government warning information. Some swing-top growlers are either too tall or have too narrow of a mouth to fill with our set up. Growlers that incorporate CO2 canisters or dispensing spiggets will not be filled. Homemade growlers, although impressive, will not be filled either. Thanks for for understanding.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $5
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? It’s a broad range, mostly between $12-22.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? For certain special releases we will not have growler fills available.

Haymarket Pub & Brewery:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes!
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Yes, any as long as it has a government warning and is clean
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes, but we only stock standard caps, so can’t really do the medicine bottle style howlers.
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $5
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? 3x the pint price, so ranges from $18 to $36 for a fill.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Some barrel aged styles are not available, it all depends on how much we have.

Hopvine Brewing Company:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Only our growlers (in accordance with local liquor laws)
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $5.00 for growlers/ $3.00 for howlers
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Howlers $8.00 Signature/ $18 Premium, Growlers $15 Signature/ $30 Premium
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? All are available for growler/ howler fills with the exception of a select few limited releases.

Horse Thief Hollow Brewing Company:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass? Yes
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? No 
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $5 for a 64oz. glass
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Between $14-20. 
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Most all of our beers are available except very rare releases.

Imperial Oak Brewing:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers?  Yes – if they are clean
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes – If they are clean
  • Do you sell crowlers? Yes
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself?  Crowlers start at $8 ,Growlers start at $16 and go up based on the gravity of the beer.
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills?  Crowler average is $10, Growler is $20.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? We do not growler/crowler our small batch infusions or our barrel aged offerings.

Kinslahger Brewing Company:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We do not sell growlers but will fill them
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? We do not sell them, but will fill them
  • Do you sell crowlers? Yes
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? NA
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ crowler fills? Crowlers – $11, Growlers $22
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Generally all, exceptions do occur

Lake Bluff Brewing Company:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We fill all growlers, not just our own branded growlers 
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $4 for a Howler, $5 for a Growler
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Howlers range from $8-$18, Growlers range from $15-$25
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? We do not fill barrel aged beers and some specialty beers. Every other beer is available until we are on the last keg of inventory for that batch. 

Lagunitas Brewing Company:

• Do you fill growlers? Yes
• Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass: No
• Do you sell / fill howlers? No
• Do you sell crowlers? Not at this time, but have plans later this year
• How much do you charge for the growler glass itself? $5 empty
• Do you have an average price or a range for your growler fills? $15 – $20
• Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Not all beers are available as there are some beers that we reserve for on-premise only.

Light the Lamp Brewery:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes we fill growlers, crowlers and howlers.
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We will fill other people growlers and howlers.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? We don’t sell glass howlers.
  • Do you sell crowlers? Yes
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? Our glass growler cost is $5.
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Price for growler, crowler fills range from $10 to $26.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? We don’t offer all of our beers for fills, but most we do fill.

 

Metal Monkey Brewing:

  • Do you fill growlers? No, but we fill 32oz Howlers Only. 
  • Do you fill howlers other than your own branded glass, or only your hrowlers? Yes, we’ll fill anyone’s howler
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes.
  • Do you sell crowlers? Not yet, but hoping to in the near future
  • How much do you charge for the howler empty glass itself? Empty howler is $5
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your howler fills? They’re either 12 or 15 for the fill, depending on the ABV of the beer.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in howlers? We don’t offer our barrel aged beers in howlers, they’re usually available for purchase in bombers or are a crazy one-off with limited quantities. We also don’t sell our big 12% imperial stout in a howler since that’s usually a fairly small supply as well.

Miskatonic Brewing Company:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes, we fill growlers.
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Yes we fill all proper growlers, not just ours.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes we sell and fill howlers.
  • Do you sell crowlers? We do not sell crowlers.
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $5 for a Growler, $3 for a Howler; $30/$45 for double wall stainless
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Our Growler fills are priced based on three pints of whatever beer we’re filling with i.e. a $6 pint beer goes for $18 for the growler fill. The majority of beers we brew go for $18.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? We do not offer Barrel-Aged Beer or single keg specialty beers in Growlers and Howlers, but almost everything else is available.

Moody Tongue Brewing Company:

  • Do you fill growlers? No
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes, Moody Tongue howlers only
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $5
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Varies by beer
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? All of our perennial beers are always available in howlers, plus a selection from our Tasting Room’s current releases

Motor Row Brewing:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes!
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We will fill any branded growler so long as it has the government warning about alcohol on it.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes!
  • Do you sell crowlers? We have 12oz cans of our flagship lager but we are not a crowler brewery.
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? Our howlers are glass they are $13 and come full and we sell Hydroflask brand growlers they are $50 and also come full both can be filled with any beer at the same initial cost.
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Refills for howlers are $10, Growler refills are $13 for most beers [and] $18 for our higher abv beers. We do discounted fills on Sundays $8 for howlers $10 for growlers
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? All of the beers we have available on draft are available for growler and howler fills.

Moxee Restauraunt & Mad Mouse Brewing:

  • Do you fill growlers?  Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Yes
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes
  • Do you sell crowlers? Yes
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $5
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Not really 
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Yes, all Mad Mouse available 

Myths & Legends Brewing Company:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? All growlers
  • Do you sell / fill howlers?  Yes
  • Do you sell crowlers?  No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $5
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Not really, varies based on style. Average in mid-$20s, limited release/premium can be higher.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers?  Occasionally our limited availability / special release beers are not available in howler/growler, but that is only a handful or so a year!

Noon Whistle Brewing:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We will fill others
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? No
  • Do you sell crowlers? Yes
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $8
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Growler Fill with Glass: $21 – $27, Refill $18 – $24 & Crowlers $10 -$14
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Almost all are available but select releases are sometimes not included in Growler fills

Old Irving Brewing Co.: (info taken from their beer menu page)

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? info not available
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? info not available
  • Do you sell crowlers? info not available
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? info not available
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Generally $18-$20 with stronger beers at $34
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? info not available

On Tour Brewing Company:

  • Do you fill growlers? No
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? No
  • Do you sell crowlers? Yes!
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your crowler fills? Most styles are $8 per can.

One Trick Pony Brewery and Tap Room:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes, we fill growlers but only REFILLS. We phased out growlers for crowlers (see below)
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We will fill any growler as long as we are comfortable with its cleanliness.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? [We] do not sell howlers; we’d fill it if, as above, we are comfortable with its cleanliness.
  • Do you sell crowlers? Yes.
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? We used to charge $4 for an empty growler.
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Crowlers are priced at $9 (standard beers), $12 (high gravity), $15 (super premium, i.e. barrel aged)
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? We have some beers bottled, small runs, for in house sales. If I have a bottled version, I will sell that and not a crowler. Eventually though, we will put anything in a crowler, they just get priced differently.

Peckish Pig:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Yes
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Sell no, Fill yes
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself?  $4
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? $16-$22
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? All beers are available.

Penrose Brewing Company: (info taken from their growler page)

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We only fill Penrose-branded growlers.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? We no longer sell howlers, but will fill Penrose-branded howlers
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $6 for just the glass, $4 with a fill 
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? $14-$18
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? We do not fill growlers with our barrel-aged or wild ales. 

Piece Brewery & Pizzeria:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass? Yes.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? No
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $3
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? $17
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? We do not fill our highest gravity beers.

Pollyanna Brewing:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We will fill anyone’s growler
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $4 howler, $5 growler
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? $10-$15 howler, $15-25 growler
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Most are available in growlers with the exception of barrel aged stuff.

Prairie Krafts Brewing Company:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes.
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Any growler.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $5 for 32oz or $6 for a 64oz.
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler fills? 32oz $9-20, 64oz $15-36
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Very rarely we won’t, usually everything is available.

Revolution Brewing (Brewpub and Taproom):

• Do you fill growlers? Yes
• Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We fill all 64oz Growlers as long as they are clean and can be sealed.
• Do you sell / fill howlers? No
• Do you sell crowlers? No
• How much do you charge for the growler empty glass itself? Our 64 oz empty Growler price is $4
• Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Our Growlers range from $12-$28 for refills ($16-$32 for new). Most of our beers fall into the $12-$18 refill growler price category ($16-$22 for new).
• Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Most of our beer is available in growlers. No growlers of the following: beers on nitro, special beer tappings in limited supply and our barrel aged beers.

Scorched Earth Brewing Company: (info taken from their taproom page)

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We do not fill clear glass growlers, milk jugs, or other similar containers so please don’t ask.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes
  • Do you sell crowlers? info not available
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? info not available
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? info not available
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? info not available

Skeleton Key Brewery:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes!
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Yes, we fill any growlers as long as they’re not dirty or stinky (mold or soap)
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Nope
  • Do you sell crowlers? Nope
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? Growler glass is $5 — barely above our cost
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? All growler fills (at this point) are $18.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Only limited-batch stuff isn’t available in growlers.

Sketchbook Brewing:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Any growlers
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $4
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Yes, 8 for Howlers, 15 for Growlers including taxes
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Most are available. Some have a higher proice. Some very small batches are not available for growler fills as are beers that are very high in alcohol content.

Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes.
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass? We fill any clean growler.
  • Do you sell/fill howlers? Yes
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? Empty Growlers are $6 and Howlers are $4
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Growler fills average around $18 for new and $14 for refills
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Most of our beers are available in Growlers

Solemn Oath Brewery: (info taken from their taproom page)

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We do not fill growlers other than SOB growlers. We will not fill growlers that smell moldy or funky. 
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? na
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? na
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Prices vary by beer. 
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Not all beers are available in growlers.

Temperance Beer Company:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Yes
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $4.55
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? $14.66 for most beers, $17.24 for mid-range, $24.14 for specialty
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? We have a few we won’t fill in growlers (barrel-aged, nitro, etc.)

Ten Ninety:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or onlyyour growlers? Yes, we fill other branded growlers, but charge for it
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? No
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the empty growler itself? $6
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Fill range from $16-$18
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? We don’t fill growlers with barrel-aged beers.

 Tighthead Brewing Company:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Every and Any Growler
  • Do you sell / fill howlers?  Yes
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? 32oz. is $4;  64oz is $6
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? 32oz between $8-22 64oz. between $14-42
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Everything is available, even BA Beers.

Two Brothers Artisan Brewing:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We will fill outside growlers as long as they have been properly cleaned.
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? N/A
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $3.99 (Plus Tax)
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? Prices vary by beer. Prices range from $9.99 to $22.99 
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Not all beers are available in growlers.

Vice District Brewing Co.:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes 
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We fill other branded growlers 
  • Do you sell / fill howlers?  We also sell howlers 
  • Do you sell crowlers? Not currently but moving towards that option by the end of the summer. 
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $5 
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? $12-$15
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? Small batch one off releases and higher ABV (+8%) are not sold in growlers. 

Werk Force Brewing:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Yes, we fill growlers other than our own – we will place our sticker on it
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes
  • Do you sell crowlers?  No
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself?  $4.99 (either size)
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? 32oz. fill is $10, and 64oz. fill is $20
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? We have a selection of draft available for growler fills – not all beers are available for fills

Whiner Beer Company:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? We do not have our own branded growlers yet…but anyone can bring a growler from another brewery/brand and we will fill it. 
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Sell no, fill yes
  • Do you sell crowlers? No
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? The cost ranges from $22-$36 depending on the beer and size. Here is the price point: 
  • 32oz non barrel aged $12
  • 32oz partial barrel aged (Le Tub, Miaou) $14
  • 32oz rare barrel aged $20
  • 64oz non barrel aged $22
  • 64oz partial barrel aged $26
  • 64oz rare barrel aged $36
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? All our beers can be filled with a growler.

Zümbier:

  • Do you fill growlers? Yes
  • Do you fill growlers other than your own branded glass, or only your growlers? Others must be legal and sealable. 
  • Do you sell / fill howlers? Yes
  • Do you sell crowlers? No crowlers…yet.
  • How much do you charge for the growler/howler empty glass itself? $6 / $5.
  • Do you have an average price or a range for your growler/ howler fills? $9-$20 is the usual range.
  • Are all beers available or do you have some beers you won’t put in growlers? 13 taps; usually 10 are available for fills.

The following is a list of breweries that we believe fill growlers and reached out to. We could not find sufficient details on their website and received no response from: All Rise Brewing Company, Cruz Blanca, Gino’s Brewing Co., Hailstorm, Hopewell.

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Karl has written about food, travel and beer for Chicago Magazine, Draft Magazine, Thrillist, Time Out Chicago and more. His book, Beer Lovers Chicago, comes out in late 2017, and if you're buying, he's likely having a porter or a pale ale.