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Moondog Growlers to open Sandy Springs location Friday

moondoggrowlersResidents of Sandy Springs will soon have a shorter drive to pick up a jug of their favorite craft beers.

Moondog Growlers is set to open their third location in the metro area in less than a year. Starting with the opening of the Marietta location in February, this quickly expanding local chain of growler shops is spreading the jug-o-beer gospel around the Perimeter. The range of beers runs wide, and changes often, but Moondog makes sure to focus on some of the great Georgia breweries like Sandy Spring’s own O’Dempseys, as well as Sweetwater, Red Hare, Terrapin, Monday Night, Jail House, Strawn, Red Brick and Wild Heaven.

Unlike some of the other shops in town where you can pick up these 32 and 64 ox jugs of your favorite, and sometimes hard to find, craft beers, Moondog Growlers makes growlers their main business. Empty refillable growlers are $4.99/ea for either the 2-pint (32oz) or 4-pint (64oz) sizes, and the average beer fill ranges from $10-$20/ea. They will also fill your growlers from home, as long as they are clean, rinsed, and have the Surgeon General’s warning label on them.

For first timers, save yourself from learning this lesson the hard way, as I did – the growlers stay fresh for 7-10 days if sealed and refrigerated (though I say, the fresher, the better, so why wait a week?). Don’t come back from vacation to only to have to pour out the growler of Dogfish Head 90-Minute you forgot about.

With 30 taps ready to start pouring on Friday, October 12th, enthusiasts now have another oasis from which to stock up on their favorite draft brews.

11:30 a.m. -9:00 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sundays. 6690 Roswell Road, Suite 310, Sandy Springs. (404) 303-1001, www.moondoggrowlers.com.

– By Jon Watson, Food & More blog

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LiasMom

October 11th, 2012
8:56 am

We’ve been to the Moondog location in Marietta many times, and they always very pleasant and engaging. As for the price, Growlers are what I consider a “luxury” item (sort of like shopping at Whole Foods instead of Kroger). Yes, it costs more than a 6-pack, but a lot less than if I went to a bar and ordered 4 pints on tap. And they offer the variety of many beers that you can’t buy bottled. I’ve found them to have a number of locally-brewed beers, but their rotation does change quite often. My only complaint about the Marietta location is that they tend towards an abundance of IPAs, whereas I prefer a lager. (We haven’t tried Dunwoody (or SS) yet, so not sure how those selections run.) But I’ve had no issues with their service, and I don’t mind paying a little bit more for the growler experience every few weeks.

Mike

October 11th, 2012
9:07 am

Was William really up till 1:26am defending the honor of Moondog Beer Growler?

William

October 11th, 2012
9:20 am

I was up late drinking beer and figured I’d try to figure out if anyone had any valid complaints other than price. I think it’s funny people are assuming I’m a shill or an employee when I admit myself to be an infrequent shopper there and an employee at a liqour store. There is a Will working at Moondog but it ain’t me! Lol. Liasmom seems to be one of the only people with the same sentiments as I… I suspect rather that many of the haters here may work for other growler shops and just be trying to slander Moondog as I can’t imagine anyone getting bad service there, the place is too small to not be serviced almost immediately after walking in the front door and the service always came with a smile for me… Oh well I hope people reading the blog can think for themselves and give them a try if they’re local and form their own unbiased opinion of Moondog….

JD

October 11th, 2012
9:20 am

I’ve been to just about every growler store that’s been discussed in this lively thread, and have no connection to any of them, other than the fact that they all have received some of my money. It isn’t, and shouldn’t be a “luxury item.” Moondog is easily the most expensive. I’ve had only one bad customer service experience, and that was at their Dunwoody store, and one guy in particular. Every other time has been fine, but I won’t be going back anytime soon. $19.49 for Deviant Dales? Insane. They charge $13.49 for Lazy Magnolia Jefferson Stout, that is $8.99 at Ale Yeah. Whole Foods in E. Cobb usually has a decent selection of growlers as well. The market will decide who wins and loses. Price isn’t the only factor, but it’s the biggest one for me.

SK

October 11th, 2012
12:22 pm

I am happy to hear about a business that seems to be thriving in this economy (please no one attack me, I am not an economics major and can provide no analytical spread sheets to support the previous statement.) I have been to the Marietta Moondog’s for their opening. Interesting place. Went with a friend – too far for me to treck up there. I have been to Dunwoody location several times. I do not brew and profess no great knowledge of craft beers. I have had great experiences with Eleanor, Scott and Will – learned much and left with yummy beer that I willingly paid for. Did I pay more than other growlers would have charged? Maybe, but it was my choice. I agree with William (and a few others apparently) that if Moondog has priced their beers too high, well they will suffer in the end. When I read the letter posted that Eleanor apparently wrote, I simply saw a business owner protecting the legal interpretation tastings allowed vs. a bar operating as a retail location. I did pick up on a very angry, sour grapes attack on the part of “Veteran of a thousand psychic wars” – another growler affliation possibly??? Anyway, I liked Dunwoody location, have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences, have learned more about my beers and paid less than I would have at my local Taco Mac (though no wings, darn!) – so go, or don’t, but stop with the nastly comments already.

BeerGuyATL

October 11th, 2012
12:27 pm

Moondogs is by far the worst “growler” shop of the bunch. They are complete jerks. I went there once and was treated like dirt, and the owner there gave me 4 of the worst growler fills ever. Cheapskate wouldn’t even let it foam over before he capped. Luckily they were going to be drank fast, so oxidization wasn’t a massive issue.

Price wise, who ever said “growlers” were a luxury item, is stupid. It’s a bottle to fill with draft beer. In other states, it a way for breweries to sell their draft only items from the brewery, to others. Georgia legalized growlers, but instead the shops around here capitalize on selling everyday found beers on tap, for way more than they should cost. I agree, if the price is too high, don’t buy it.

Most of the places, Hop City and Ale Yeah, included, do charge a slightly premium for a growler fill over the same product in bottles literally feet away. Aside from some draft only offerings from breweries that don’t bottle or can, there really is no reason for a growler only shop in Georgia honestly..

Who wants to buy a growler, that I admit is a one time cost, and have to pay way more for beer that will go bad in less than a week once opened?

They wanted $25 for a Terrapin All American Pils.. It’s $6.50 for a 22oz bomber.. Get real!

I like the growler format for certain beers, and I get them from everywhere.. But I will not return to Moondogs simply because of the attitude those people have, the service, the “me me me” attitude in terms of advancing the beer laws in this state to only benefit their business, and the fact that their prices are INFACT the highest I’ve seen anywhere.

And to the guy that says “stop being cheap”.. Get a life you clown. I’m older, and not poor and in school. I also homebrew. I have an entire cellar at my home devoted to aging beers, homebrew and commercial. I have beers so big in ABV, they aren’t even legally allowed to be sold commercially in the state. I’m allowed to comment on the laughable pricing schedule Moondogs has. $14.49 for a 64oz fill of Bells Two Hearted? The same one that can be found year round, literally at every grocery store, and in some quick stop convenience stores for under $10 a 6 pack?!

Like JD.. I’ll pay for good beer, I have no problem with paying for a product and it being a value in some fashion. Nothing at Moondogs is of value. If you search well read beer sites, Moondogs gets a pretty bad rap.. Can’t be a bunch of brewery owners and shill posters from other growler shops blasting them for no reason.

Stan Drulia

October 11th, 2012
1:09 pm

Whoever is the moderator for this blog…. why do only 1 of 3 of my posts ever make it to the blog? Am I doing something unsavory or using foul language? Really annoying wasting time trying to participate in this coversation only to have my comment dissappear when I click submit.

Veteran of a Thousand Psychic Wars

October 11th, 2012
1:59 pm

@ SK

You wrote:
“When I read the letter posted that Eleanor apparently wrote, I simply saw a business owner protecting the legal interpretation tastings allowed vs. a bar operating as a retail location. I did pick up on a very angry, sour grapes attack on the part of “Veteran of a thousand psychic wars” – another growler affliation possibly??? ”

No affiliation with any store….Hell, I rarely buy beer as I am a home brewer. You just failed to comprehend what Eleanor was attempting. Her desire is to quash competition using scare tactics and the “Wont someone think of the children” mentality and not a means to clarify the language or maintain public safety. When she was queried as to the difference in public safety between someone being able to purchase a growler from a tavern vs purchasing from her store, she had no response. The gist of her argument was public safety and she attempted to fool a very informed audience. That was my point to begin with, but somehow your brain scrambled it up.

Finally, she most certainly did write that letter. Using the word apparent indicates you don’t believe it. Sour grapes maybe?

Bubbly

October 11th, 2012
2:31 pm

I agree with William that Eleanor’s letter was misinterpreted. I do understand what she was trying to say. Aside from that, I have never had a bad experience at Moondog—the service has been great, the staff is knowledgeable, and the selection is excellent. I’m glad to see another location opening up. The thing is, everyone has an opinion, so I would urge anyone who hasn’t been to Moondog before to try it and decide for themselves.

MissyJ

October 11th, 2012
3:00 pm

I’ve been to Moondog and had a very pleasant experience and I’m not even a regular beer drinker. I enjoyed the atmosphere, the hosts, and I love their cute logo. The only thing that would be an improvement would be the chance to sample the beers. They allow you to sample beer at Whole Foods, and I sample wine at wine tastings regularly. I don’t understand why the beer laws where they have stores should be any different.

Bob Capar

October 11th, 2012
3:02 pm

I’m not a frequent customer of any beer establishment, but when I drink beer I like a good import or craft beer. I have been to Moondog Growlers several times and found the staff to be friendly and knowledgeable, they had the selections I wanted, and, as William said, they were conveniently located to me. I, for one, have no complaints. As for Mr Veteran and “her desire is to quash competition using scare tactics”: The problem as I understand it from several growler owners is that bars in some areas can sell package liquor (growlers), while owners of package liquor stores (growler stores) cannot offer drinks to their customers – even for tastings. Others have complained that wine vendors can offer tastings at their stores but growler owners cannot. If that is the case here, then I agree it is not fair to Moondog Growlers. I don’t see the problem. Look, people, I hope you can see past the noise and think for yourselves. Personally, I like the place and I’ll be back.

SK

October 11th, 2012
6:06 pm

@ Psychic Wars…Apparently the synonyms for apparently are evidently, obviously, seemingly, clearly – Now maybe if I had written “supposedly” I might understand you getting your feather’s ruffled. My scrambled brain gets the gist of her argument but gee, thank you for trying to clear that up for little ol’ me. I think Bob Capar fairly acurately interpreted her intent. Yes, the cry for public safety does not exactly hold up but again, the intent to me seems fairly clear. She wrote a letter that you don’t like…is that it?

William

October 11th, 2012
11:37 pm

I’m glad some of the more frequent posters agree with me and understand Eleanor’s letter. I was starting to think that the rest of you who were complaining about her letter were too buzzed to understand her underlying concept which is valid. Also I’m glad to hear of others who stand by the fact that their staff is friendly and knowledgable, which they always have been in my opinion. Thanks fellow current posters for restoring my faith that these other people seem to be hating this growler store for no reason other than they can’t afford their beer. I hope everyone is enjoying a nice brew as I am right now… Cheers!

Jonathan

October 12th, 2012
8:26 am

I was a regular brewpub growler customer when I lived in Colorado (native Georgian, though). But I won’t be buying a single growler in Georgia until the state allows brewpubs to directly sell growlers of their own beers without going through the three-tier distribution system. The growler stores here are a novelty, and I’m sure the best of them will survive, but not allowing brewpubs to sell growlers really misses the point of growlers (fresh, local draft beer at home that you can’t otherwise get bottled). And no, I don’t work for any local brewpub; I have a boring office job.

Suzanne

October 12th, 2012
8:41 am

I went to the open house at the Moondog location in Marietta. I had a great time, met a very friendly staff and understand the need for a business like this to be able to do tastings. I had to purchase beers I have had in the past, because I couldn’t try out anything new to take home with me. Let them do tastings! Keep up the good work, Moondog!

stephieZ

October 12th, 2012
9:40 am

I’m with Jonathan! I would rather get a growler from Twains or 5 Seasons than purchase a growler that is more expensive than the same amount of beer bottled.

Some of You are obtuse

October 12th, 2012
11:47 am

How is it you can read that letter from Eleanor and not see she is trying to manipulate the system in her favor? Nothing wrong with that……It\’s just a crappy way of dealing with competition.

Those of you that can\’t understand that are the ones who are buzzed.

The others who have all these nice things to say about Moondog are most likely Moondog. Sad that you can\’t address your own criticism here, or on the Atlanta Beer Talk medium. Instead, you post under phony names thinking we won\’t know.

We know.

Homer S.

October 12th, 2012
1:22 pm

M-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m Beer—The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.

*SMH*

October 12th, 2012
7:00 pm

…and donuts. Mmmmmmmmmm, donuts.

William

October 15th, 2012
12:38 am

Just wanted to add that I went to Moondog today and they took care of me in a very special way. And me and Will had a very interesting discussion about music and brewing. I had a great time and was more than impressed with the customer service and the beer. Thanks Moondog!!!

William

October 15th, 2012
12:40 am

Also I work at Bev Maxx at S Marietta Pkwy and Fairground in Marietta. I don’t work at Moondog. Anyone doubting can come on any day other than Tuesday and Wed and I’ll prove them wrong. peace!

Maulik

October 15th, 2012
2:39 pm

I am a managing partner in J.U.G.S of Sandy Springs, and would like to apologize to Billy that no one stepped out to help you. We have been working on getting everything ready for our Grand Opening event coming up on oct 17th. We can’t hear or see out of the cooler, so we have installed a door bell to take care of that issue. If you guys are wondering where we are or what we have on tap you can see http://www.jugsatlanta.com.

I have also visited Moondog’s dunwoody location, and it was a great experience for me. With that said, I am looking to make sure we also provide great experience to all of our guests at JUGS. I am being realistic here, we are in the service business, and you will never have a 100% score on customer service report card. So, all that didn’t have a great experience at moondog’s come on by and check us out. We would love the opportunity serve you. We also have a 6 door cooler of your favorite six packs, four packs and bombers. We have a different approach then moondogs, we do have a charge for our tastings, but if you buy a growler the tastings are FREE. By Law we have to donate our tasting revenue, so for the month of Oct. we are going to donate it to S. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation.

If your a Chuck and Chernoff Fan, come out on the 17th and meet them in person here at JUGS from 7 to 9 pm!