Monday, April 29, 2013

D'Vines now filling growlers: lots of different beers on tap

Beer lovers rejoice! D'Vines, the beer and wine store at 3103 14th Street NW, is now filling growlers, the big, refillable 64-ounce beer bottles. They're better for the environment since they're reusable, and they also mean you can get fresh beer whenever you want.

D'Vines is selling both 32- and 64-ounce growlers, which are 2 2/3 and 5/13 beers, respectively. They started off pouring from a selection of 17 different craft beers, some local (DC Brau, Dogfish Head) and some from farther afield (Sierra Nevada, Hofbrau and Bitburget hefeweizens.) I hear they'll have various numbers of beers available at different times, anywhere up to 30-something. Once they're filled they're sealed so you can't drink them immediately (or at least not until taking off the seal.)

If you recall, D'Vines tried to do this in 2011, but it turns out it was illegal. Since then, the city (smartly) changed the laws, and that means more beer fans can get more beer.

Nice to hear this, though maybe not if you're trying to fight your beer belly.

UPDATE: A commenter just left this note on the hours: "Heads up, you can only fill them from 5 to 8 pm on weekdays and all day on the weekends....for now at least. Couldn't get my day drinking on today :( "


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  2. I'm glad they decided to allow refillable growlers here (why did this take 2 years, when it seems like a no-brainer). It makes much more sense, from an environmental perspective than to buy 24 count carboard boxes of beer, where the boxes may end up a landfill and the cans will use up fossil fuels to be recylced.

    Also, the selection of other stuff at D'vines is great, especially the gluten free stuff.

    As someone who moved to Columbia Heights before there was a Target, I'm really happy with the way that DCUSA project brought in new businesses, shoppers and residents to the area.

    Pete from Elf Boxes DC

  3. Heads up, you can only fill them from 5 to 8 pm on weekdays and all day on the weekends....for now at least. Couldn't get my day drinking on today :(

    Gina F.

  4. Thanks Gina, good to know! Will add that.

  5. Whoever gave the heads up is incorrect about filing until 8pm. As a beer lover now on their 8th growler, and the first one to fill up with the test date on Sunday ... I can confirm they will fill until closing. Also, you can bring in any 64 ounce jug and they will fill as with their own.

    FYI ... they are also selling some pretty snazzy booze now as well.


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