Rambling Review – Hydro Flask Insulated Growler

Rambling Review – Hydro Flask Insulated Beer Growler

Hydro Flask Growler
Hydro Flask Insulated Beer Growler

Why:

My life consists of three main beverages: Water, Coffee, and Beer. Coffee is best served hot. Water and beer are best served cold. Spending a good bit of time outdoors, I’m always looking for a way to keep coffee hot and water and beer cold. The Hydro Flask 64 oz. Insulated Growler is the perfect solution when you’re headed into the woods.

Hydro Flask Fill

First impressions:

Double wall vacuum insulation: The biggest selling point of the whole Hydro Flask line is the fact that they are double wall vacuum insulated. This double wall construction has “no matter between the two walls.” Since there is no matter, the temperature outside the flask has a difficult time affecting the temperature of the contents inside of the flask.” The Hydro Flask motto is “cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 12 hours.”

Material: The Hydro Flask Insulated Beer Growler is constructed with 18/8 food-grade stainless steel interior. It’s BPA free and resistant to bacteria, odor, and taste, as well as very easy to clean. The exterior of the Hydro Flask Growler is a powder coated stainless steel available in many different colors.

Wide Mouth: The wide mouth opening is 2.3 inches in diameter and perfect of loading up on plenty of ice.

Size: At 64 fluid ounces, the Hydro Flask Insulated Growler is a beast. The Growler stands at 10.5 inches tall with a diameter of 4.9 inches. Empty, the Hydro Flask Growler weighs 27.8 oz.

Lifetime warranty: The folks at Hydro Flask guarantee their growlers for life. They’ve got a pretty simple online warranty form should you have any issues with the performance of your bottle.

Hydro Flask

Field Use:

The fun part about testing out the Hydro Flask 64 oz. Insulated Growler was the wide variety of beverages that I filled it up with. Bottom line, this thing works.

The first opportunity I had to use my Hydro Flask Growler was on a cold turkey hunt here in Arizona. Me and a buddy were high in the hills when a freak snowstorm dropped 6 inches of snow on us. In spite of the snow, we still woke around 4, made a cup of coffee to wake us up, and another pot for the road. We hunted the morning and made it back to the truck around noon, both a bit skeptical about what temperature we would find our coffee. Outside temperatures were below freezing, and the coffee had been sitting for 8 hours. We were both surprised to find coffee that was just as hot as when we made it. There’s nothing like a mid day caffeine pick me up.

Hydro Flask Growler
Hydro Flask Growler

The true test came on the carbonated adult beverages. I have found one of my biggest complaints about other screw-cap growlers is that no matter how tight you get the top, any movement will cause the pressurized liquid to seep out of the top. This was not the case with the Hydro Flask Insulated Beer Growler. The big wide-mouth lid gives a secure seal to the Growler. I don’t recommend going around shaking your beer filled growler, but a normal amount of movement doesn’t result in the seepage like I’ve seen in other growlers.

Hydro Flask Growler
Hydro Flask Growler

Beer stayed plenty cold. I filled the growler at a local place in the morning, left it sitting on the counter all day, and found it at basically the same temperature 12 hours later. After the growler proved itself around the house, I didn’t think twice about filling it up and taking it into the woods for a camping trip. The Hydro Flask is an excellent way to bring a favorite local brew on the next outdoor outing.

The one negative that I ran into with the growler, isn’t really against the growler itself, but pertains more to growler laws here in AZ. Technically, to fill a beer growler, the growler must have a warning label on it before the brewery, bar, or wherever can fill it. I didn’t know that, and several places filled it before someone finally denied filling it, due to the no warning label. Now, I get the law, but it’s kind of silly. Regardless, I’m on the lookout for a warning sticker to put on my growler so it’s a 100% legal next time.

Hydro Flask Growler
Hydro Flask Growler

Pros:

Double Wall Vacuum Insulation

High quality food-grade stainless steel

Wide mouth

Keeps hot liquids hot

Keeps cold liquids cold

No leakage/seepage

Lifetime Warranty

Cons:

No warning label (needed in AZ to fill growler with beer)

Hydro Flask Growler
Hydro Flask Growler

 

Prognosis:  If you like your coffee hot and your beer cold, check out the Hydro Flask 64 oz. Insulated Growler 

* Disclaimer:

The reviews at Arizona Wanderings are my honest opinion. Arizona Wanderings is not sponsored by or associated with any of the stated companies and is accepting no compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review.  My independent status may change in the future but, as of the date of publication, no relationship other than described above has been pursued or established.

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14 Responses to “Rambling Review – Hydro Flask Insulated Growler”

  1. Al Quackenbush

    Awesome review, Ben. I have been looking into a growler that will do exactly what the Hydro Flask does. Time to go do some shopping!

    Reply
    • azwanderings

      You would think Mike. They got in contact with me and apparently they have stickers available for them. They are sending a couple along. Definitely worth it here in AZ or any state where growler laws require a warning label.

      Ben

      Reply
  2. Mike Agneta

    I always enjoy your reviews Ben, this one is no different. I didn’t realize I was in the market for an insulated growler until now. 🙂

    Reply
    • azwanderings

      Thanks Mike. Everyone is in the market for an insulated growler.

      Ben

      Reply
  3. Debbie Scott

    Agree about the hydroflask for hiking, etc. But for everyday use, have you seen the growltap? Awesome product! Keeps your special brews fresh for weeks, if you need to wait that long! You should review it!

    Reply
  4. Keith

    Not really a con in my experience. The only place I’ve been that my growler that didnt have a warning label and they said something was Whole Foods in Chandler. They had a label that they stuck on top and called it good.

    Reply
    • azwanderings

      Good to know Keith. Hydro Flask is sending me a couple of stickers for mine. Pretty easy fix.

      Ben

      Reply
  5. Skylar S

    I purchased a 40oz Hydro flask and loved it so much I bought a 64oz as well! The powder coated versions do not hold stickers well in case anyone wanted to outfit theirs. However, the stainless steel version do a great job at holding stickers.

    I bought mine and immediately fitted it with the straw piece so I can use it in the kitchen I work in(otherwise it’s ‘illegal’ in the eyes of the health department). I didn’t see this on your review but in high heat environments, this product DOES NOT sweat at all. No water rings on your nice wood table, no water rings to wipe up somewhere, no condensation to dampen your backpack/purse.

    Also, they give 5% back of the purchase price to a charity of your choice from their list of great charities!!

    Reply

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