Shocked to see such low reviews. This place is right in "downtown" Gaithersburg, which has 2 stop lights. Driving in here beware there are a butt ton of traffic cameras and speed cameras. Parking is decently ample at the free public lot behind the building. No meters. Inside is a very beautiful New Orleans style high wooden beams, mirrors, chandeliers. There is a downstairs bar and seating area, middle floor loft, and a roof deck. Roof deck was packed when I was there on a Tuesday early evening. Beers on tap were of decent quality. I didn’t get any major off flavors or brewing flaws mentioned in previous ratings. More than 8 taps- at least 6 static house beers on tap and then another 6 specialty seasonal taps. I ordered a flight, which gets you 6 house beers and you don’t have to do their 6 static taps- you can sub in some of the specialty stuff for an extra $1 or something. Bartender was quick, pleasant, but probably not a beer expert. Was slightly unclear about their Pale Ale versus their IPA after pouring, but these are the same color so is understandable but very annoying to me a beer rater. Didn’t try the food, but it was clear this place has a full sit down lunch and dinner menu with servers and hostess. So a big more formal than you might think. They do have growler fills, surprise, of their house beers. Don’t think they have any guest taps here. Would come back and would urge you to give this place a shot. Doesn’t deserve a 2-star rating. Maybe they finally hired a competent brewer.
Kind of a cool little suburb of D.C. that I never would have gone to if not off on some brewpub ticking mission. Place looks cool, as others have said. The stores across the street seem like old-west style stores. You can get here by taking a MARC train from D.C., but if you stay too late you’ll end up busing to Rockville and catching the metro like me. Only had the fries, which were good enough. Good service. Their beers are mostly average, and prices were higher than you’d expect out in the middle of nowhere. They seem to do a better job on their more pedestrian styles than their bigger beers.
Needed my Maryland place tick :). Decent enough place on the corner in a trafficy part of town. Street parking available. Place was not busy even though it was St. Patty’s Day, which was interesting. They had 11 of 12 taps running, and sold flights of any six (your choice). They had a good range of styles including a couple of barrel aged entries and a sour. I had a mediocre appetizer and rated my way through the flight. Service was fine in my personal experience. Beers were kinda meh, with one pretty bad and one pretty good. Prices were kinda nasty.
UPDATED REVIEW: Growlers’ beers have come a long way since my first review more than 6 years ago. Quality is much better (though not all beers are winners), and they offer more beers on tap than they used to, including many interesting seasonals and big ales over 9% ABV. Regular prices are about $5-7 per beer, and happy hour gives a $2 discount.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: I’ll be blunt - Growlers’ beers are pretty poor. Many have off flavors or other apparent defects. Still, they keep enough beers on tap that there is usually something decent, and they rotate the selection often enough that there’s often something new to try. And with drafts as low as $2.50 or $3 at times, it’s hard not to call it a bargain. Growlers gets a mixed crowd of 20- to 40-somethings that seems to lean toward the dressed-down local crowd. Overall, it’s a pretty good local joint, but the beers are not worth going out of your way for, in my opinion.
Downtown style brewpub. Decent sized bar was about 3/4 full at 6PM on a Tuesday. Nearby parking garages. Decent burger. cooked to my specifications. Customer service was awful. I didn’t even see the bartender for about 10 minutes, she was frequently absent and when she was present she was pretty unfriendly. She even chastised me when I put a glass where she did like it. Two beers were drinkable, but the rest were abjectly horrible. Diacetyl bombs or overly astringent. Definitely not a beer destination.
What a difference a new head brewer makes! Previously, I had found their beers mostly mediocre. Now they brew a very interesting and varied selection of quite good beers. The food has always been decent and prices are reasonable for the area. What was once a "why bother" spot is now my "go to" spot when in the Gaithersburg area. Overall, a most welcome improvement.