Fill up your gas tank. Fill up your growler at the same time. The gas station/growler station concept is finally hitting Ohio. The WagsPark Shell Station in Newtown, a Cincinnati suburb, has opened The Growler Stop, a 10-tap draft system serving beer from local breweries.
"Gas is a necessity item that we typically stop for multiple times a week, this provides a convenient opportunity to grab a local craft beer,” Blaine Bacher, general manager of The Growler Stop and WagsPark Shell Station, said in a prepared statement. "In less time than it takes to fill your tank, we can fill a growler, too."
A news release calls it "Cincinnati's first growler pouring station outside of a grocery store or a brewery itself." The Growler Stop opened last week. It may be the first growler shop at a gas station in Ohio. I'm not aware of any others, but that doesn't mean others don't exist.
The gas-growler concept isn't new. Sunoco launched the "Craft Beer Exchange Program" a few years ago at stations in Western New York. The program has since expanded to other areas.
“Smaller breweries don’t usually bottle their product, so this is an exciting time for local beer connoisseurs,” Bobby Slattery, co-owner of Fifty West, said in a prepared statement. "Local beer is definitely an in-demand product. Craft breweries who churn out innovative and unique-tasting suds have doubled their market share in the last 10 years. More and more people are buying local and The Growler Stop is just making it easier for them to do so."