Growlers Keep opened its doors in October 2017. The family-run business provides an alternative to buying cans or bottles of beer and other beverages, and offers the ability to bypass excess trash by using a single, reusable glass jug (growler).
Growlers Keep fills your growler while sealing out oxygen. This is achieved using a carbon-dioxide (CO2) counter filling system. A machine containing a release valve injects CO2 into the growler, which then pushes out the oxygen before the bottle is filled.
This process preserves the freshness of the beverage for a longer period of time, since oxygen contributes to the flattening of carbonation, says Jim Sullivan, co-owner of the business with his father-in-law, Sandy Petersen.
The decor inside Growlers Keep is heavily inspired by the medieval time period, complete with a castle wall, mural, and purple banners. The shop is small, but clean and well-organized, with the growler-filling machines taking up most of the space.
After retiring from his public works job with Whatcom County, Petersen enlisted the help of his daughter, Rachel Sullivan, and her husband Jim to open up Growlers Keep in the Bakerview Square Shopping Center. The idea was to bring growler-filling technology to the beer-loving town of Bellingham. Petersen is also a retired Coast Guard veteran.
Jim Sullivan is passionate about the science behind beer. “I love learning about beer and the process of it all,” Jim says. “The chemistry is interesting and there is so much to learn.”
WHAT YOU’LL FIND
Perfect to bring to a party or give as a gift to the avid craft beer lover in your life, you can fill a growler from one of their 48 rotating taps of beer as well as hard cider, kombucha, and root beer. You can either bring a personal growler to fill, or purchase a 32-oz. growler for $4 or a 64-oz. growler for $5 at the store.
It’s a stress-free way to make sure any gathering you’re hosting or headed to will be complete with everyone’s favorite beverage. Growlers Keep also offers a selection of products to keep your growler clean and well-kept to reuse.
Their expansive tap selection includes a variety of local IPAs, a favorite in Bellingham, Jim says. Harder-to-find darker beers, also popular with the public, are available. Their bestselling beverages tend to vary from season to season.
436 W. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham
360.734.0656 | growlerskeep.com
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