While you can fill growlers with keg-fresh brew at countless beer shops, you run the risk of buying 64 ounces of unsavory suds; unlike Baskin-Robbins, you can't always try before you buy. But now some bars are helping you limit your liquid liability: If you like the pint you're drinking, you can grab a half-gallon of it to go.
Hit Brooklyn's Pacific Standard (pictured) for 16 California-centric beers, like The Bruery's tart, citrusy Saison de Lente; growler refills cost the equivalent of three pints. Midtown's sprawling Rattle 'N' Hum offers 40 international drafts, including local concerns Sixpoint and Captain Lawrence. Prices vary per beer, but expect to pay $15 to $30 (including the jug). The West Village's woodsy Blind Tiger Ale House pours 28 eclectic, constantly rotating quaffs that cost $20 to $24 a growler.
Samples are verboten at the new Greenpoint beer mecca Brouwerij Lane, but there's little risk. The taps pour timeless European classics, including the lightly hoppy Gaffel Kölsch and crisp Jever Pilsner, priced at just $10 a refill. Now that's news to drink to.
Pacific Standard, 82 Fourth Ave. (between Bergen St. and St. Marks Pl.), Brooklyn; 718-858-1951 or pacificstandardbrooklyn.com
Rattle 'N' Hum, 14 E. 33rd St. (between Madison and Fifth aves.); 212-481-1586 or rattlenhumbarnyc.com
Blind Tiger Ale House, 281 Bleecker St. (at Jones St.); 212-462-4682 or blindtigeralehouse.com
Brouwerij Lane, 78 Greenpoint Ave. (at Franklin St.), Brooklyn; no phone