Junk in the Truck: Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Growler

Warm beer? Ain't nobody got time for that

The Hydro Growler, because nobody should have to drink warm beer. PHOTO: KADE KRICHKO

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Vaccum Insulated Stainless Steel Growler
MSRP: $49.99

Temperatures are heating up and so is parking lot après season. And whether you're coming back to the car after a long tour or legendary slushy bump runs, two things are for certain: 1. You want your post-ski beer to be frosty 2. It probably won't be. To prevent your Tacoma's Gem Top from turning into a scorching beer oven. Bend, Oregon's Hydro Flask introduces its 64 oz. Wide Mouth Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Growler—a growler designed to keep hot contents hot, and cold contents cold.

The effectiveness lies in the growler's Double-Wall Vacuum Insulation. A vacuumed layer of air in between inner and outer walls eliminates heat transfer from the outside, keeping your liquids frosty no matter what.

I took the Hydro Flask Growler up for a spring day at Stevens Pass to test the science. After filling the BPA-free growler at Fremont Brewery, my crew drove two hours with heat on blast to dry out soggy mittens. We arrived at Stevens to chilly temps, but they quickly rose to the mid-50s in the full sun. At day's end, we returned to the Subaru to find a beer sauna. All of our Rainer's had reached room temperature and people were pissed. Unsure of what to expect, I whipped out the Hydro Flask and took a sip. Cold beer. More importantly, carbonated, cold beer. The wide mouth top made drinking easy and allowed for easy pouring when necessary. I passed around the surprisingly light stainless steel container and watched as the anger dissipated one cold sip at a time.