We’re all always thinking about where we’re gonna get our next pint, in the beer garden at Twin Sisters, in the Menace taproom or down the street at Elizabeth Station. But having a pint at home has become increasingly popular, luckily Growler’s Keep, located in Bakerview Square Shopping Center, has Bellingham’s to-go beer needs totally covered.
Growlers have become an addition to brewery visits for many local beer drinkers, but why limit yourself to beers from one brewery? Growler’s Keep is a growler filling station with 48 taps with beers and kombucha from a variety of locations. You can find the Bellingham staples there, like Aslan’s Batch 15, but you can also branch out and try different styles from breweries near and far.
Growler’s Keep is operated by Jim and Rachel Sullivan and is coming up on it’s first anniversary. You can fill 64 ounce or 32 ounce growlers with their special counter pressure technology, pushing the oxygen out of the growler, and filling it with CO2, helping preserve the beer’s carbonation, allowing it to sit in your fridge for up to two months. Growler’s Keep is the only system of it’s kind in town, offering flexibility to beer drinkers that may not be able to commit to drinking a growler right away.
After retirement, Rachel’s father was looking to start a business, and upon visiting a growler filling station with the same technology in North Bend, he was eager to bring it to Bellingham. The theme of the shop matches the name, medieval themed with a drawbridge counter, and a castle scene curtain that separates the back walk-in cooler from the front growler-filling area.
The counter-pressure fillers also make it look like a mad-science lab. But a beer mad-science lab is the best kind, right? Jim and Rachel have this thing down to a science.
“They put C02 into a growler so it pushes the oxygen out so it becomes pressurized,” Jim said. Rachel compares it to a 2-liter bottle of soda. In other words, it can last for months in your fridge before it’s opened.