Part 2: Growlers of Gaithersburg, Gaithersburg, Maryland
When Visited: June 5, 2011
Occasion: Groupon! I bought a Groupon for Growlers almost a year ago, in August 2010. Just a few days later, a windy summer storm tore off the roof and Growlers was forced to close for about six months, finally re-opening in February 2011. The Groupon was originally supposed to expire at the end of 2010, but because of the closing, they extended the expiration date by six months, and we finally made it in a few weeks before the deadline.
I’m really not sure what took us so long. Growlers, or more accurately its predecessors at the location, Old Town Tavern and Summit Station, was a regular haunt for us, especially when we lived in Gaithersburg. But it had been a long time since our last visit — in two years of maintaining this blog, this is my first post about this old favorite.
I love the old brick building in Old Town Gaithersburg right beside the train tracks, the welcoming open bar that greets you when you enter, the multiple levels of seating in the restaurant, and the live music upstairs on the weekends. And the beer’s not bad either!
- Log Towne Lager, an easy-drinking light lager (5.7%)
- Kingpin Kölsch, another light-bodied easy-drinker (5.0%)
- Razzberry Ale, a pale golden ale with a slight taste of raspberry (5.0%)
- Montgomery Mild Ale, talk about easy-drinkers – this session ale clocks in at a measly 3.8%
- Freight Train IPA, a balanced American IPA (5.5%)
- Aracauna ESB, a strong, drinkable ESB (6.8%)
Best Beer: I was a bit underwhelmed by the beers being poured. Each left me slightly longing for something that seemed to be missing. Given my bias for IPAs, I think I’d call Freight Train the best beer on the menu when we visited.
I was most impressed with: The building — Growlers is located in a building built in the late 1800’s that is listed on the National Historic Registry and evokes the charm of an old tavern.