Adam Erace reviews Growlers, the newish “bar, kitchen and living room” in Bella Vista. Erace likes the vibe but finds that the food has room to grow.
Surveying the scene, I sipped the garnet-red beer and picked at well-salted housemade potato chips as thin and translucent as panes of amber glass. A baby gurgled in a stroller by the fireplace. A famished senior gurgled over pulled-pork mac ’n’ cheese. The two bookended the Growlers age spectrum, every living generation between represented in the clientele sprinkled about the tables. From Lucky Peach apostles to Hidden Valley inhabitants, dressed-down attorneys to dressed-up crossing guards, Growlers gets them all, a mark of a healthy, interesting neighborhood gathering place, one this address has longed for. As for the food, it’s on the right track (generous, affordable and fun), but still needs refining.
Close to Home [City Paper]
Growlers [Official Site]
One of the dumbest marketing schemes I’ve ever seen was the Miller Lite “Vortex” bottles, and in a world where beer innovations like swirly bottle necks, colorful metal bottles, and punch-top cans are readily available, Left Hand Brewery hopes to keep things grounded.
Tonight, they’re releasing their Nitro Milk Stout in nitrogenated 12-ounce bottles this evening for the first time in the Philadelphia at Growlers on 8th and Fitzwater. The bottled Nitro, among other Left Hand taps (Warrior IPA, Fade to Black Volume 4, Rocky Mountain, Black Ale, Sawtooth ESB, Ambidextrous Ale, Oak Aged Imperial Milk Stout) will be doled and poured while Left Hand Dan and company answer any questions that may have been befuddling your minds.
The event starts at 8pm tonight, so go check it out.
Growlers [Official Site]
Milk Stout Nitro [Left Hand Brewing]
Growler fills are becoming more and more commonplace. And why not? There’s no other reasonable way to get fresh draft beer to enjoy at home (just try riding your bike with a quarter keg strapped to the handlebars). Check out these bars who have recently begun filling growlers to go:
- Bottle Bar East
We’ve updated our guide to getting your growler filled in and around Philadelphia with these additions and more. Check it out.
Foobooz Growlers Guide [f8b8z]
Growlers, the new pub coming to 8th and Fitzwater from Jason Evenchik (Time and Vintage Wine Bar) and Jay Willard (Dandelion, El Vez), officially has a chef. Jerry Donohue, formerly of Spamps and Blue Bell Country Club, will be at the head of the kitchen. Growlers will open in the first half of September and aims to be a neighborhood hangout. We caught up with Donohue about what to expect on the Growlers menu and about what is in store for his team at the Yards Smoke ‘Em If Yous Got ‘Em competition, where he will be the defending champion. Read more »
Suddenly Jason Evenchik has an empire. The man behind Time/Bar/Vintage and the upcoming Garage in South Philadelphia is also partnering with Jay Willard (Dandelion and El Vez) to open Growlers in the previous home of Vesuvio and Little Bar at 8th and Fitzwater.
Evenchik tells us that Growlers will be a gastropub with a living room feel. The wood burning fireplace in the dining room will be a focal point.
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