But sometimes, those glass jugs are 64 ounces of plain heavy.
The Growler Station in Greenwich Village is offering the perfect solution: two-liter plastic bottles.
Call us childlike, but there is something exhilarating about carrying beer around in a two-liter bottle. With the help of the city's first Pegas NovoTap machine, any of the shop's 24 tap offerings can be dispensed into what we normally think of as a soda-only receptacle. The oxygen is purged from the bottle and then replaced with CO2, which ensures totally foam-free and airtight beer.
And for those times when you want to work your muscles, the Growler Station offers 300-plus bottles along with 32- and 64-ounce cobalt blue and amber glass growlers.
For a crash course in two-liter bottling, try the just-released Widmer Brothers Brewing's Spiced IPA ($13 for two liters). A collaboration between the Portland, Oregon, brewery and a home brewer, this hop-forward beer combines malty Assam black tea, ginger root, cinnamon, clove, star anise, black pepper and cardamom.
So many two-liter roadie and picnic possibilities...
The Growler Station, 26 W. Eighth St. (between Fifth Ave. and MacDougal St.); 212-777-2337 or growler-station.com