Cappy’s has Growlers for Days + CONTEST
Exbeeriment: Fresh Tests
This is an incredibly hoppy (and delicious) imperial IPA. I had a 32oz growler filled of this awesome sauce. I poured a glass fresh and enjoyed it thoroughly – damn, that aroma is killer. I put the cap back on and threw it back in the fridge for another two weeks.
After two weeks, I opened it up and was greeted with a nice carbonation hiss and strong hop aroma. I poured it and there was still noticeable carbonation. The flavor and aroma were all there and I didn’t detect any unsavory oxidation off-flavors (papery, cardboard taste).
Ordinarily, a growler filled off a tap would be flat in days and oxidation would begin setting in after a couple weeks. This stuff was still in remarkably good condition.
Victory Fall Bockwards
I decided to push the boundaries a little further this time and I resisted opening this growler for a full month. Again, generally a bad decision with a growler poured off a tap. Typically, you can expect it to go pretty flat within a week or two plus it will pick-up some oxidation.
This one gave a mighty hiss and poured with a perfect amount of carbonation. The flavors were all on-point with nothing off detected. I even closed it up and pulled it out a week or so later and it was still in great shape (although, a little more flat – still carbonated nicely for a bock). Overall, this is pretty remarkable for a growler.
I’m guessing many of you are wondering why anyone would wait a day, let alone a month, to open a growler. For me, it can be challenging juggling work and family priorities to drink a rare, seasonal, or just limited production beer. With Pegas filled growlers you can fill something now and save it for a special occasion, party, or bottle share without having to worry much about it going stale. This also makes it easier to ship for a beer trade knowing it will arrive in pretty good condition.
Here’s the fun part. I’m giving away a $10 gift card to Cappy’s that you can use to fill a growler (or purchase anything the store) to a person chosen at random. To enter, comment below on what beer you want to see on the Cappy’s growler station – your recommendation might go on tap! That’s it! Oh, and you must be at least 21 years of age or older and reside in a jurisdiction that allows you to participate in these types of contests. BrewProf.com reserves the right to alter the contest as needed per any realizations that I’m doing something illegal or frowned upon by the law.
Keep in mind, while Cappy’s brings in a lot of awesome (and sometimes rare) beers they are limited by which breweries distribute in the area and what Ohio ABV laws will allow. So go ahead and forget about Pliny and Heady… but here’s a handy site to reference what breweries distribute in each state: SeekABrew.com. Good luck!