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Newtown Growler Depot

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by Erica Enriquez (subscribe)
Published January 17th 2015
Enjoy beer fresh and clean
I hear the name "Rosie" and the images that spring to mind don't include beer or beer drinking or beer producing or anything with the word "beer" before it.

But that has all changed now with the arrival of Rosie the Beer Dispenser at the Newtown Growler Depot in the Newtown Wine Shop.

If everything written above sounds completely foreign to anyone, you're not alone, and when you take a look at Rosie the Beer Dispenser, she's not your regular beer tap. In fact, the dispenser looks like a prop from a Doctor Who episode.

But what's so special about Rosie, and what's growling got to do with it?

Well, Rosie is a specialised Growler machine, attached to up to 12 kegs of local, craft beers at any one time. This machine not only sanitises Growler bottles but also pressure fills them to keep beer (such as locally brewed Young Hernys) fresher for longer.

Newtown Wine Shop, Growler Depot, Rosie
Rosie the Growler Machine - bottling fresh beer in Sydney

The whole process, explains Sam Taylor, the founder of the Newtown Growler Depot, is a world first, meaning that Rosie is the first "prototype" of its kind. Taylor explains that by using their specialised machine, beer deposited into the growler bottles (2-litre sized bottles that are hefty enough to satisfy a small party of beer aficionados and keep them happy) are fresh, and by ensuring they are pressure-filled, customers are able to purchase beer (including Young Henrys and Grifter, among many others).

The machine in action is sight to see. Hooked up to the kegs in a cool storage room next to the machine, Rosie whirs and whizzes away and in a matter of minutes you have your 2 litre bottle ready to go. The great thing is, Taylor and his team are aiming to sell beers that are normally available on tap, rather than prepackaged in bottles.

As Taylor takes me through the inner workings of the Growler Depot, he tells that in ordinary circumstances, a growler bottle might be filled from a tap, but this means that the beer then has to be consumed pretty much straight away for it to be anywhere near a good drop. I don't know about you, but finishing 2 litres of even the best craft beer within the space of a few hours spells "disaster" for my friends, my floor, my bathroom and any poor cabbie who might have to speed me home later that night (lest I chant "pull over pull over pull over" repeatedly from the backseat of the car). But with this new machine, beer can stay fresh for weeks, and customers are able to return to the Growler Depot and reuse their growler bottles. As long as the beer is kept out of direct sunlight, you're good to go.

Newtown Wine Shop, Growler Depot, Rosie
2L Growler bottle

The Growler Depot's machine, good old Rosie, does the work of a few microbrewries, and this one is right in Newtown!

So next time you and your party of beer-heads and not-so-much-beer-heads are thinking of buying a few pints, head to Growler Depot in Newtown and purchase some craft beer effectively bottled and stored by Rosie!
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Why? Get fresh craft beer in Newtown's world first machine
Phone: 61 2 9519 6500
Where: Newtown Wine Shop
Cost: Refills from $22. Growler bottles (refillable) are $10 each
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