Ready to Growl

Krista Connor

The state’s newest—and largest—growler-filling station opens in Newark

Husband and wife team Mike and Andrea Slattery, owners of the month-old Delaware Growler on Newark’s Main Street, originally planned to start their small business in Trolley Square.

“That was until I did my research and found the feel of our store would fit perfectly in Newark,” says Mike.

He says the inspiration for the spot came last spring when a bill passed by the Delaware legislature allowed liquor stores to begin filling growlers—reusable glass bottles of craft beer.

Of the 16 growler-filling stations that have popped up in the state, The Delaware Growler, at 48 E. Main St. (previous home of Moxie Boutique), is the largest. A few taps are rotated almost daily from the 50-keg selection at the store, which sells a variety of beer, wine and liquor.

Mike notes that customers can choose a create-your-own four- or six-pack option.
“I thought it was an interesting concept—to have a growler-filling station and make-your-own-six-pack variety store growlers that can either be purchased inside or brought in from elsewhere,” he says.

Customers can bring their own or choose from a 32-oz. growler for $3.99 or a 64-oz. for $5.99, plus the cost of beer to fill the growler, which can vary from $7 to $20, depending on size and beer brand.

Brews include offerings from area breweries like Dogfish Head, 16 Mile, 3rd Wave, Mispillion, and dozens of others, including Oskar Blues and Weyerbacher.

Check the site (thedelawaregrowler.com) or give the shop a call (454-7695) for an up-to-date list of what’s available.

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