Jan, 2012. NewYork Post. Big brews here!

Forget the keg or the six-pack. For tomorrow’s Super Bowl showdown, in-the-know New Yorkers are picking up growlers — refillable jugs of the beer of your choice — thanks to a slew of growler-friendly bars and shops that have recently roared into town. Here’s where to get your fill for tomorrow’s game — and guzzle a quick pint while you’re waiting.

Top Hops
94 Orchard St.; 212-254-4677, tophops.com

Belly up to the gently curving aluminum bar at this two-week-old Lower East Side space, and tour the world via the emporium’s 600 bottled brands, which come from far-flung lands such as Sri Lanka, Peru and Colombia. Or keep it local with a pint from breweries such as Greenport Harbor on Long Island and River Horse in Lambertville, NJ. Growlers to go come in 32- and 64-ounce jugs (both $5), with fills ranging from $6 to $34.

Owner Ted Kenny says he wanted to fill a gap in New York City’s burgeoning beer market. “New York has so many great wine stores, so I wondered why they don’t have any great beer stores,” he says.

Growler Station
26 W. Eighth St.; 212-777-2337, growler-station.com/nyc


Tech prowess is the highlight of this NYU-area newcomer: Two iPads at the front are loaded with a “Beer Wizard” app that helps you pick your poison. The app, currently loaded with 500 craft beers and updated in real time, sorts suds by brand, style and the type of food you want to eat with it, and is adjustable according to beer bitterness, color and alcohol content.

Sold in 2-liter plastic bottles (“beasts”), as well as 32- and 64-ounce growlers, beers range from $6.99 to $36.99. “The main goal is to educate the customer [about beer],” says vice president Tony Lane. So far, popular sellers include the Brooklyn-based Kelso — a bourbon-barrel IPA — and O’Reilly IPA. The suds shop also sells locally made snacks to go, such as Kings County Beef Jerky ($9.99) and dips by Brooklyn Salsa Company ($5.79).

One Stop Beer Shop
134 Kingsland Ave., Brooklyn; 718-599-0128, 1-sbs.com


Best sellers at this month-old shop include the Piraat, a Belgian IPA ($9 for an 8- to 10-ounce pour), and the Pumking ($8 per pint), a sweet, hearty winter ale aged in oak. “It’s a strong beer, but not overly hoppy,” co-owner Ben Roshia says of the Piraat. “It’s very much a unisex beer.” Empty 64-ounce growlers are $4.

While you’re waiting, try the $9 beer-inspired concoctions, such as the “Simply Original,” made from vodka infused with fruity and flowery black tea and topped with Original Sin Hard Cider. “It’s one of the more simplistic drinks — for people who say, ‘I don’t know the whole beer cocktail thing,’ ” Roshia says.

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