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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,

– By Jon Watson, Food & More blog

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October 10th, 2012
9:26 am

The Dunwoody location of Total Wine was scheduled to open their growler station on 10/1, I think. So that’s another option nearby.

Stan Drulia

October 10th, 2012
10:01 am

The Dunwoody Total Wine grolwer station is open. I figured if anyone would be reasonable with their prices it would be them.. but nope. Terrapin RyePA is $12.99 for a 64 ounce. It is $8.99 for a six-pack. Doens’t add up.

Veteran of a Thousand Psychic Wars

October 10th, 2012
11:18 am

Just an FYI….Moondog prices are higher than any other growler store in the city and the owner, is a self serving hypocrite. She fought Sandy Springs when they granted North River Tavern a license to sell growlers to go under an absurd guise of public safety when all she was doing was trying to protect her business interest by quashing the competition. She tried to enlist the Atlanta craft beer community to support her, but they saw right through her feeble attempt to gain support and have since ignored her stores.

Here is the text of the letter she sent the Sandy Springs city council:

Dear Sirs/Madams:

I had the pleasure of speaking with you about Growlers and the
legality of same prior to your passage of your ordinance allowing
growler sales in the city of Sandy Springs. It has come to my
attention that you have granted a license to sell growlers to the North
River Tavern. I am aware that you will probably consider this email to be
entirely self-serving as I had hoped to open a location of Moondog
Growlers within your city limits. I can assure you that I am dismayed
at this news, however it is not only because I believe it effectively
ends our ability to open a location in Sandy Springs but because there is
a real issue in my opinion legally as well as ethically/morally.

I understand that you are reading the Georgia Department of Revenue
letter as allowing on-premise, liquor serving businesses to also obtain
an off-premise package license that will allow growler sales – but, I
strongly disagree with this interpretation. Based on my conversations
state officials and the legal departments of other jurisdictions that have
taken up this issue, the consensus is that there was never any intention of
allowing a place that is serving alcohol, specifically spirits, to then
allow their patrons to purchase a large portion of alcohol to take with
them to the streets. As a lawyer (and I say this with due respect) – I
believe you are bypassing the intent of that letter. Further – as a
citizen, I believe you are circumventing what was intended to address a
public safety concern.

I understood at the time of the council meeting & still understand
that you are interested in free commerce – there is, however, a limit to
that concern & that is absolutely and ultimately the safety of the driving
public. I strongly ask that you revisit this issue at your earliest
convenience. As an aside – If you had no concern about consumption
prior to the purchase of growlers – then, I truly do not understand why
you created a “tasting ordinance” that put limitations on the amount of beer
our patrons can taste prior to purchasing their growlers.

I am available for any questions you may have via the contact
information found below.

Sincerely and with respect,

Eleanor R Benson
Moondog Growlers

Veteran of a Thousand Psychic Wars

October 10th, 2012
11:23 am

My point is she thinks little of her customers and should be avoided.


October 10th, 2012
11:41 am

Veteran, I was about to post the same thing. This company not only gouges the customer with their prices but also gouges the beer community as a whole with underhanded tactics such as that letter. I would never set foot in one of their stores.

Larry M

October 10th, 2012
12:17 pm

Her letter plays into the neo-prohibitionist fears and irrational arguments that managed to keep Georgia a good beer backwater for decades. Only in the past few years have we started to break the logjam of politics and Bible-thumping that has held this state and its citizens back.

As far as their prices go, caveat emptor. However, due to their ownership’s complete disregard for and lack of support of the craft beer movement I this state, I will never patronize them.

Congratulations to the city of Sandy Springs for reading the law in a fashion which provides consumer freedom and choice.


October 10th, 2012
12:23 pm

Wow, good to know about Moondog’s owner. That’s pretty low, but then she admits to being a lawyer so going low is par for the course, I suppose. I would most certainly avoid that place.

Marietta Beer Lover

October 10th, 2012
12:39 pm

Will never set foot in their Marietta location (or any other) again. Worst customer service and attitude I’ve experienced in quite awhile.


October 10th, 2012
1:10 pm

Fresher is always better but I’ve had (unopened) growlers last for months. Why on earth would you dump a growler of DFH 90 Minute?!!!!


October 10th, 2012
1:30 pm

There is another growler store that opened in Sandy Springs recently about a mile from this location. It’s called J.U.G.S. I went in, looked around, no one ever came out from the back, so I left. Nice, clean store though with a decent selection. It’s good to have a few different options in Sandy Springs.

A beer connoisseur

October 10th, 2012
3:37 pm

Ale yea has opened up a second location in Roswell and has friendly and knowledgeable staff that really supports the craft beers scene in Atlanta.


October 10th, 2012
3:42 pm

Just want to say Jailhouse Partners in Crime is fantastic. Don’t buy it though leave it for me.

There are plenty of Growler establishments in a variety of areas, feel free to visit ones where you like the owner.


October 10th, 2012
4:11 pm

Be aware of this company, they are no good. Do your research and spend your money somewhere else.

Seen This B4

October 10th, 2012
4:14 pm

Beer…The drink of losers….Just like the Falcants!

chuck e

October 10th, 2012
4:21 pm

Thanks for the info on this Moondog place……will not be going there!!


October 10th, 2012
4:31 pm

Ditto, thanks for the warning about Ms. Moondog. What a piece of work.

Stan Drulia

October 10th, 2012
4:44 pm

Wonder why two of my three posts here didn’t make it?

Clinging to my God and my Guns

October 10th, 2012
5:03 pm

Larry M,

Too bad that you cite Christians as the chief impediment to your being able to drink more beer. I never realized there was a shortage of beer.

Next time you feel compelled to bash Christians, don’t hide behind the issue of beer drinking to do it. Just do it straight-on, full-force.

And good luck with your earnest pursuit of the “beer craft movement”. A man’s got to have his priorities.


October 10th, 2012
5:13 pm

I went to Moondogs last weekend and it was fantastic. I met the owner and the guy behind the bar , Ian was a wealth of knowledge. I don’t know how long ago some of you had a bad experience but I learned alot and was treated very well. It was my first time in a growler location.

Enemas for Easter

October 10th, 2012
5:19 pm

@ the christian whacko.

Yup…..You just illustrate the hyperbole christians use to confuse from reality, then scare us to follow…..Won’t work with this crowd…….I bet professional wrestling will take you in.

Veteran of a Thousand Psychic Wars

October 10th, 2012
5:22 pm

Uh Jill?

Apparently you did not read my first post regarding the owner of Moondog and her backhanded attempt to quash a competitor? Regardless of your experience at Moondog, there are some problems with the owner.

Billy Hoyle

October 10th, 2012
5:25 pm

“Too bad that you cite Christians as the chief impediment to your being able to drink more beer.”

Can you give another good reason that we’ve only been able to buy beer on Sundays for less than a year?

“Next time you feel compelled to bash Christians, don’t hide behind the issue of beer drinking to do it. Just do it straight-on, full-force.”

A fair reaction when the views of others are forced on you. Kind of like how Paul Broun bashes scientists: “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell,” Broun said. “And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.” Uh oh, we’ve devolved into this part of the comments section again.

“And good luck with your earnest pursuit of the “beer craft movement”. A man’s got to have his priorities.”

Love of craft beer promotes camaraderie, not division. Trust us, it’s a good thing.


October 10th, 2012
5:29 pm

I glanced at their website and read they actually charge for a sample of beer. With all the competition spring up around Atlanta, is charging a consumer a buck for a shot of beer a good idea?

Between the info displayed by the posters in this thread, I won’t be taking my business here.

Beer belly

October 10th, 2012
5:32 pm

Hey God and guns… here’s straight forward..your a moron. It has been the southern conservative Christians that have quashed most alcohol related bills in the past 20 years in Atlanta. No beer on Sunday..who else but you bible thumpers. Get a clue

Go Vols

October 10th, 2012
5:38 pm

Lots of misplaced hostility towards the religious about beer buying. Are you really that lazy that you can’t buy your beer a day in advance? Last I checked, bars are open and serving on Sundays, too.

@Beer belly

October 10th, 2012
5:43 pm

I’m on your side pal, but before you call someone a moron, be sure you know the difference between your and you’re……

@ Go Vols

October 10th, 2012
5:46 pm

You just don’t get it do you…….Why should our freedom to purchase certain items be abridged? Give me one good reason why we should plan a day ahead because certain items are excluded from my shopping list to appease some invisible man in the sky that knows all?

Go Vols

October 10th, 2012
5:51 pm

I get it. Just don’t think it’s worthy of getting that worked up, particularly since this is a nation founded based in part on Christian values. Hate it for you that your shopping list is affected by it.

Wait what?

October 10th, 2012
6:00 pm

This nation was founded upon christian values? According to who? A substantial number of the founding fathers were agnostic and made it a point to keep religion separate from legislation.

Nice try.

Mr B's Ball Room

October 10th, 2012
6:01 pm

Go Vols,

Imagine if say one day a week, we were not allowed to buy guns……How would that work?

Go Vols

October 10th, 2012
6:07 pm

Uh, Declaration of Independence references “Creator” and God in first few sentences. You don’t have to like it.

Don’t get the guns buying limitation.

Still not sure why any of you who are so upset by this think this is a severe curb on your “freedoms.”


October 10th, 2012
7:02 pm

Georgia’s archaic, but slowly evolving liquor laws are due to the beliefs of the fundamentalist branch of Christianity. The other branches of Christianity, notably the Catholic and Anglican churches, don’t have these problems with the consumption of alcohol. Indeed another southern state, Louisiana, has a large Christian population but they aren’t concerned about this issue at all. New Orleans has a church of some denomination every few blocks, but the liquor flows 24/7 and is sold in grocery and drug stores at very good prices. But New Orleans is a city of Catholics of continental European decent as well as African-Americans who were converted unlike inland Georgia which is primarily of Scotch-Irish fundamentalist Protestants. And guess which group produces the best food and restaurants also? I don’t see the Cathy family opening a great restaurant with a notable wine cellar anytime soon. .


October 10th, 2012
9:23 pm

moondogs sucks. waaaay overpriced. Unless you are close to ale yeah or can go to hop city no point in buying a growler. their overhead is way to high to rely solely on growlers.


October 10th, 2012
9:44 pm

Is it sadly thought of that only Hop City and Ale Yeah are the only people that sell growlers?

The Beer Growler folks out of Athens then Avondale Estates have been my go to place forever.

Ptc dawg

October 10th, 2012
9:48 pm

Re crazy laws, forget ordering a Mimosa on Sunday morning.


October 10th, 2012
9:56 pm

As far as Moondog goes, they have never treated me with disrespect and have always treated me with good customer service. Scott is a very nice guy, and last I checked anyone can charge whatever they want to for their goods/services, as this is a capitalist nation with free enterprise. All of these people complaining over prices must be too broke to buy beer there… Probably all under 30 and living with mommy and daddy anyhow. Now I agree prices are double if buying the beer bottled, but they are much less than local bars are charging for these crafts. Maybe Eleanor’s letter was a bit strange, but people do whatever they want to regarding business. If you don’t like it, don’t buy your beer there, and quit whining. I don’t buy beer there often but when I do it’s tasty and I can afford it, though I’m only 26, and working part time and going to school… For those who feel its overpriced, shut up and go brew your own or open your own growler storefront and compete. Need I say more? Thanks Scott for always being kind to me and those I’ve sent your way. Also Ian and Will are both good dudes!


October 10th, 2012
10:15 pm

I’m pretty sure Eleanor meant she doesn’t understand why she is limited to allowing tastings of her tap beers when the tavern can sell you six beers at the bar and then sell you a growler, which might be more tempting to pop open in the car if you’re already buzzed hard. She doesn’t liquor you up or get you drunk before selling you a growler, so why can’t she allow you to taste a couple of shots of brew? I agree that selling growlers on a premises that bases revenue on on-property unregulated consumption of liquor may prove to be a bit dangerous, but who am I to argue? She just wants to be able to let you taste a couple of her beers if you desire and she doesn’t get you tanked and send you out on the road with a gallon of craft brew….though I’m sure she wants business too and wouldn’t mind being the only growler joint in sandy springs… Regardless who cares? Buy your brews wherever you want to or brew your own and sell it for cheaper! :) home brew always beats out commercial as its fresher and cheaper anyhow!


October 10th, 2012
10:17 pm

When I say brew your own and sell it for cheaper, I mean LEGALLY by the way… Open your own micro or macro brewery and offer better beer for cheaper or quit complaining already!


October 10th, 2012
10:39 pm

Mike, that first sentence sounds weird, but i understand what you are saying. I did forget about Beer Growler but don’t they sell other items other than just growlers? Also, they franchised out most of their locations thus removing any debt service, i.e. unnecessary overhead.

William, keep going to school. Maybe take economics or business 101. Growlers have a higher profit margin than bottled beer. Growlers are usually marked up at least 40%, bottled beer in the range of 20-30%. However, draft beer is harder to inventory, some kegs may yield less due to over-carbonation, poor pouring, tasting, etc. When you have a steady business of selling bottled beer and home brewing equipment like ale yeah or hop city you are diversifying your revenue sources and are able to keep cost to the consumer down or at least have the ability to set a price lower than the competition. Since your growler only store relies solely on growlers to pay the rent, payroll, taxes, etc they have to charge 50-70%. The more they pop up the quicker they will lose in your capitalist nation with free enterprise. Why would you not complain about prices? Ale Yeah and Hop City have considerably more knowledgeable employees and better customer service than moondogs. I’m sure the dudes there at moondogs are great and Eleanor’s letter is totally legit, if you sell on-premise you cannot have an off-premise license in ga so she was right to have a beef about north river tavern as it essentially kills her business.

Random thoughts of kindness, with love.


October 10th, 2012
11:06 pm

Business and economic majors are great and all, as I’ve taken economics and gotten As in them, but try getting a chemistry degree and then we’ll be on the same page, lol… I understand business and prices, I work at a liquor/wine/beer retailer in Marietta, and our profit margin on bottled beer is typically around 23%… I’ll have my chemistry degree in less than a year and be able to be an analytical or quality control chemist at any brewery… I stand by the fact that Moondog is local to me and I would be spending the same on beer at ale yeah or hop city after gas consumption and time driving, and I also stand by the fact that though moondog is not as affordable as some others, they are local to ME and provide great beer AND customer service to me consistently!

It’s funny that only around 4% of students graduate with a chemistry related degree yet frequently 20-25% of majors at most colleges are in business or English. Chemistry is not easy, and I’m no fool.

Thanks for the friendly conjecture though!


October 10th, 2012
11:37 pm

Also can you name one employee of hop city or ale yeah that works for a brewing company? Ian brews at Red Hare and Will brews with Burnt Hickory Brewing, they’re both very knowledgeable and their other jobs are a testament to that. So far it sounds like pricing is the only legitimate complaint I’ve heard so far, though unless the people griping are going to offer a solution, i.e. open their own growler stores or brewery, selling cheaper and better or equally as quality brews, then it seems like a lot of beating a dead horse…


October 11th, 2012
12:44 am

Can I suggest another class for William? One on logic and critical thinking. Jesus.


October 11th, 2012
1:11 am

Another complainer? What’s your complaint and where’s your solution?
Quit trolling and provide a valid complaint other than prices on beer at Moondog or get lost…


October 11th, 2012
1:19 am

I already admitted prices could be better, what’s more logical than shooting down gripes of bad customer service (never happened to me in 40+ experiences), unknowledgable staff (two employees are brewing at local brew companies and very knowledgable), and asking others here to compete with the business or quit complaining? Unless you can provide a better service for cheaper or offer another valid complaint then you have nothing to offer but whining… Come take some of these organic and quantitative chemistry courses with me… I bet you’d flounder like a fish!


October 11th, 2012
1:26 am

To quote Stone Brewing Company, “Our beer is not too expensive… It is you that is too cheap!”

If you can’t afford the beer then go enjoy your bottled beer and quit whining over the two or three extra dollars these guys charge in comparison to other growler stores… Jesus is right! Get a real college degree and make enough money to support your own habits or go brew your own and quit whining over their decision to charge whatever they want to on their beers!!!

Some people have no class, bashing everything and complaining and providing no better solutions…
Wahh Wahhh Wahhh!


October 11th, 2012
2:12 am

Moondog is over-priced by at least 20 – 25% on everything they sell. Line up like cattle or drive 10 or 15 minutes for better selection, provided by far a more knowledgeable staff at a much cheaper price. Has Jon Watson ever visited a half way decent growler store? Perhaps it is easier to just regurgitate a press release from a poorly run business that is destined for the dust heap.


October 11th, 2012
7:38 am

If price is the issue, go somewhere else and buy your beer. If Moondog won’t compete they will be closed soon anyway!


October 11th, 2012
7:39 am

All this Sturm und Drang over cheap beer?

Marietta Beer Lover

October 11th, 2012
8:46 am

Prices are too high and customer service sucks. If that is considered whining then I suspect William may be more than just a customer at Moondog.